World No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic announced his withdrawal from the Western and Southern Open 2021. The ATP Masters 1000 tournament will occur from 15th to 22nd August in Cincinnati, the United States of America.
Serbian began the 2021 season at the ATP Cup in Melbourne. And he most recently competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Meanwhile, for winning the title at the Australian Open, Serbia Open, French Open and Wimbledon, he has travelled thousands of kilometres during this unprecedented time.
As a result, Djokovic decided to miss the Western and Southern Open 2021 to self-heal. “Dear fans, I wanted to share with you that I am taking a bit longer to recover and recuperate after quite a taxing journey from Australia to Tokyo,” Djokovic wrote on social media accounts.
“I’ll Turn My Focus and Attention To The US Open”, says Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is one step closer to becoming the first man to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969. Serb will reach this incredible achievement If he wins the US Open this year.
Serb added, “Sadly, that means I won’t be ready to compete in Cincinnati this year, so I’ll turn my focus and attention to the US Open and spend some more time with family. See you in New York soon!”
The US Open 2021 takes place from 30th August to 12th September in Flushing Meadows, New York. Most notably, Djokovic has a win-loss record of 38-5 and reached the five championship matches this year. He won the US Open in 2011, 2015, and 2018.
However, several Novak Djokovic fans welcomed his decision and wished him a speedy recovery. Some beautiful messages are listed below for your view.