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Djokovic opts out of Madrid Open

PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic has decided to sit out of this week’s Madrid Open, as he was excluded from the main draw for the ATP Masters 1000 tournament on Monday. This move comes as Djokovic continues his preparations for the upcoming French Open, opting to participate in the Italian Open in Rome instead, according to reports from Saturday.

Djokovic’s absence from the Madrid Open follows his semifinal defeat at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this month, where he was bested by Casper Ruud. Despite his impressive career record, Djokovic has yet to secure a title this season, having competed in just four tournaments so far.

The Serbian tennis star has a notable history at the Madrid Open, having clinched the title three times in the past. However, he has only participated in the tournament once since his last victory at the Caja Magica in 2019.

While Djokovic won’t be showcasing his talents on the court in Madrid, he was spotted in the city on Sunday, enjoying a thrilling LaLiga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. Additionally, he is scheduled to attend the Laureus Awards in the Spanish capital later on Monday, where he could potentially be honored as the Sportsman of the Year.

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