Novak Djokovic has decided not to defend his Madrid Masters title next week, according to reliable Spanish newspaper Marca.
Madrid was one of the tournaments that fell victim to the initial outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, meaning this is the first edition for two years.
It was Djokovic who won that event, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 in the final after also vanquishing Dominic Thiem in the semis.
However, Marca report he has decided not to defend his title, meaning he will drop 500 of the 1000 points he earned from winning it.
According to the report, Djokovic does still plan on playing Rome – which he won last year – and may decide to play in Belgrade 2 as well.
Djokovic has been named on the entry-list for that Belgrade 2, although whether he will actually play it remains to be seen given he generally does not like to play a tournament in the week before a Grand Slam.
“I usually don’t play tournament a before the Slams, but considering that it is held in Belgrade, it draws me more to play,” Djokovic told the press at the Serbian Open last week.
“I’ll hopefully play [here] in four or five weeks again, that’s the plan. Let’s see if that’s going to happen.
“But Roland Garros is the goal, that’s where I want to play my best.”
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