Novak Djokovic had to retire for Indian Wells
Novak Djokovic, born 1987, number 1 in the world – Photo Getty Images
Novak Djokovicthe world number one and champion of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of 2023, announced on Sunday evening shortly before the qualification draw that he would not take part in the drawIndian Wells ATP 1000 champion.
For the second year in a row, the 35-year-old Serbian tennis player cannot take part in this tournament because he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 and is therefore not allowed to travel to the United States. Djokovic had asked for an exception to enter the country but the request was denied. Carlo Alcaraz He will be the top seed in California and could retake the number one spot if he wins the tournament.