Novak Djokovic will once again miss the first two Masters 1000 tournaments of the season, which he has not attended since 2019.
After withdrawing from Indian Wells, he has had to do the same with the Miami Open after failing to receive an exemption to enter the United States.
Despite pressure from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other Florida senators, president Joe Biden has refused to give the Serbian special treatment, meaning he can’t enter the USA until after May 11 because of his vaccination status.
Novak Djokovic is in clay court mode
Although this is a setback, it does mean that Novak Djokovic can now fully enter clay court mode, as he aims to win another Grand Slam at Roland-Garros.
That tournament will take place from May 28 to June 11, when the Serbian will try to break the Grand Slam tie he has with Rafael Nadal, as both are on 22.
Before then, Djokovic will warm up for the French Open by playing at multiple clay court tournaments around Europe, starting with the Monte-Carlo Masters from April 9 to April 16.
Djokovic’s clay court schedule
Monte-Carlo Masters (April 9 to 16)
Banja Luka (April 17 to 23)
Mutua Madrid Open (April 26 to May 7)
Italian Open (May 10 to 21)
Roland-Garros (May 28 to June 11)