Novak Djokovic news confirmed as surprise announcement leaves tennis fans saddened

The World No.1 has confirmed his plans for the next few weeks, leaving tennis fans disappointed.

Tennis fans hoping to see Novak Djokovic back in action soon have had their hopes dashed, with the World No.1 confirming he's skipping the Miami Open. Djokovic rarely plays both legs of the 'Sunshine Double' - Indian Wells and Miami - but his loss in the third round at Indian Wells sparked speculation he'd play in Miami as well.

The 24-time grand slam champion hadn't played since the Australian Open before heading to Indian Wells this week, and the lack of match practice appeared to catch up to him. He suffered a shock 4-6 6-3 3-6 loss to 'lucky loser' Luca Nardi, who was only promoted to the main draw after an injury.

It marked the first time in Djokovic's glittering career that he's lost to a 'lucky loser'. At World No.123, Nardi is the lowest-ranked player Djokovic has ever lost to at an ATP 1000 event.

Novak Djokovic, pictured here after his early loss at Indian Wells.
Novak Djokovic won't be playing the Miami Open despite his early loss at Indian Wells. Image: Getty

Tennis fans saddened Novak Djokovic not playing Miami Open

Djokovic only played two matches at Indian Wells and hasn't played much at all so far this year, leading to speculation he would enter the Miami Open next week. But on Thursday it was first reported that the Serbian star won't be playing in Miami and has opted to end his hard-court season.

The 36-year-old confirmed the news on Saturday, saying: "At this stage of my career, I'm balancing my private and professional schedule. I'm sorry that I won't experience some of the best and most passionate fans in the world."


Djokovic has cut back his schedule in recent years in order to spend more time with his family, including his two young kids Tara and Stefan. Nevertheless, tennis fans were saddened to hear he won't be playing in Miami.

Novak Djokovic, pictured here with his wife and kids after winning the French Open in 2023.
Novak Djokovic with his wife and kids after winning the French Open in 2023.

Djokovic is likely to turn his attention to the clay-court swing and is expected to be back in action at the Monte Carlo Masters at the start of April. Speaking after his loss to Nardi, Djokovic left the door ajar to play in Miami.

“For the moment, Miami is there, so let’s see," he said. "Obviously 10 minutes ago I was on the court, so I’m still hot-headed a bit. I need to take a day or two and then see what I want to do next.

"I do play fewer tournaments so I’m more selective with my schedule. Of course, it’s not a great feeling when you drop out very early in the tournament and especially here, I haven’t played five years. I really wanted to do well but wasn’t meant to be. We move on.”

Novak Djokovic in unfamiliar situation after Indian Wells loss

Speaking after his loss to Nardi, Djokovic lamented the amount of errors he made. "He really didn't have anything to lose, so he played great. Deserved to win," he said.

"I was more surprised with my level. My level was really, really bad. These two things come together. He's having a great day, I'm having a really bad day. I made some really terrible unforced errors.

"Just quite defensive tennis and not much on the ball in the third, and that's it. He just stepped in and he used the time that he had. He was playing more free and more aggressive than I did, and going for his shots and that break on 3-2 in the third was enough."

Djokovic lost to Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, meaning he hasn't won a title so far in 2024. It's not a position the 24-time major winner is used to being in.

"I was starting the season most of my career with a grand slam win or, you know, Dubai win, or any tournament," he said. "I guess every trophy that eventually comes my way is going to be great, obviously to break the kind of negative cycle a little bit I'm having in the last three, four tournaments where I haven't really been close to my best."

with AAP