Miami chief backs Novak Djokovic decision: ‘It is difficult for players with families’

James Blake says he understands the decision from Novak Djokovic to skip the Miami Masters and has urged fans to do the same.

Djokovic spoke after the Australian Open about how difficult he has found the Tour of late from a personal point of view, particularly given the amount of time it has forced him to spend away from his family.

He said he would throttle back his schedule after breaking Roger Federer’s record for most weeks at world number one, and he was true to that word by withdrawing from Miami.

Blake, though, the tournament director and a former player himself, believes Djokovic has made a fair decision.

“This has been a difficult year for everyone, but especially for players with families,” Blake said.

“As a father of two myself, I know how important it is to spend time with your children.

“Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to welcome Novak back to Miami next year.”

When withdrawing from the tournament, Djokovic explained: “I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel to Miami to compete.

“I decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family. With all restrictions, I need to find balance in my time on tour and at home.

“I look forward to coming back next year!”

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