INDIAN WALES, Calif. – Nearly 24 hours after the BNP Paribas Open men’s singles draw, No. 2 seeded No. 2 Djokovic officially withdrew from the tournament.
In a brief statement on his social media, Djokovic said he was mostly waiting to see if the entry requirements for the U.S. would change in the last few days before the scheduled first-round match this weekend.
Obviously, on Wednesday he was assured that if and when it happens, then in two weeks it will not be on time in either Indian Wells or Miami.
Here is his statement.
Fortunately for everyone (though obviously not for Djokovic), tensions over this did not drag on for the weekend, until he was scheduled for his first match.
Because it could have been while he was in the draw.
Dimitrov became the number 33 seed
The news appears before the start of the men’s singles. So, unlike the Australian Open, it was possible to make changes to at least offer a little more balance in the draw.
As with women (where Alise Carnet moved to the top slot in the draw after Barbara Kreichikova starred at No. 1 on Tuesday)Grigor Dimitrov is seeded 33rd.
He moves into Djokovic’s slot at the bottom of the men’s draw.
A lucky winner will take Dimitrov’s place.
Meanwhile, Portuguese veteran Joao Sousa, who would have hit the main net if Djokovic had starred 24 hours earlier, is still alive.
He found himself number 2 in qualifying. On Tuesday night, he hit two match points to beat Australian Max Purcell with a score of 57 76 (5) 76 (4) in the shadow of less than three hours.
That was the key victory. Because even if he loses on Wednesday to American Christopher Jubenks with great service, number 2 will most likely still be a lucky loser.
Djokovic officially leaves Indian Wells, Miami – THE ONLY TENNIS SITE
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