Novak Djokovic will now begin his 2021 season at the ATP Cup after he was forced to withdraw from the Adelaide exhibition event due to injury.
Djokovic, along with Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and the top women players in the world, completed their quarantine in Adelaide rather than Melbourne to allow them to prepare for the event.
However, shortly before the Serbian’s match against Jannik Sinner – who was in Adelaide as a hitting partner for Rafael Nadal – it was revealed he would not be taking part.
He did, though, emerge onto court in the second set to the delight of fans to play a part in the second set.
JUST IN: Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Adelaide event with blisters on his right hand. He is replaced by Filip Krajinovic. It is not likely that the issue will affect Djokovic’s other scheduled events
— Craig Gabriel (@crosscourt1) January 29, 2021
Djokovic was replaced in the match by compatriot Filip Krajinovic, with it soon emerging that it was “multi-layered blisters” that had forced him to withdraw earlier.
Earlier in the day, Djokovic finally escaped his hotel at the end of his quarantine, going for a walk in the part in bare feet.
“Just doing something that I didn’t have a chance to do,” he told reporters. “So just having space, that is what we all kind of missed.
“I want to thank again [the] police and health department officials for making this day possible.
“Conditions were great for us, considering the circumstances.”
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