March 20, 2023

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Novak Djokovic and retirement at Indian Wells. The two possibilities after the waiver

Novak Djokovic, born 1987, number 2 in the world

The second number in the world Novak Djokovic He has officially appeared in the main draw of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, but his presence in the tournament is highly unlikely. The 34-year-old Serb is being denied entry to the United States because he has not been vaccinated, so it is important to understand what will happen if he retires in the next few days. There are two possibilities.

If he withdraws before the first playing order of the ATP Draw (Wednesday evening) is known…
– Djokovic was replaced on the scoreboard by Grigor Dimitrov, who became a seed
Dimitrov will be replaced by the qualifier/lucky loser who will face Tommy Ball in the first round

Does he withdraw after knowing the first playing order of the ATP draw (Wednesday evening)…
– Djokovic will be replaced directly on the board by a lucky loser, imbalance (even more…) in the main draw.

Organizers say: Novak Djokovic is on the entry list for the tournament and thus was added to the draw today. We are now in contact with his team; In any case, it has not yet been decided whether he will participate in the event after obtaining the approval of the CDC to enter the country [Centro per il controllo e la prevenzione delle malattie]. We will provide updates when we know more.”

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