Novak Djokovic to miss Cincinnati Open; to focus on US open 2016: Novak Djokovic is leaving the Brazil disappointed. The Serbian world number 1 fell to Juan Del Potro of Argentina in the opening round of the men’s singles competition in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Peter Bodo, tennis expert from ESPN, stated that Djokovic’s decision to skip the next ATP event will not be good for his preparation for the next Grand Slam tourney, the 2016 US Open, which is happening August 9 to September 11, 2016.
After the Rio upset, Djokovic announced that he will miss the Cincinnati Masters happening from August 14 to 21, 2016. Most players use the tournament as preparation for the Grand Slam in New York, U.S.A.
The world’s number one decided to skip Cincinnati after his early exit in Rio de Janeiro, although it is the only Master 1000 that he is yet to win.
“I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play this year in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open,” Djokovic said. “I have a recurring injury that has taken its toll on my body due to a very busy and active schedule this year. I have played many matches and I have to take some rest in order to heal. I always have my hopes high on returning to Cincinnati and winning the only trophy I am missing in the Masters Series.”
After Federer’s absence, Cincinnati loses another big competitor.
“It’s unfortunate for Novak that he has suffered this injury and we wish him all the best with the recovery,” said Tournament Director Andre Silva. “While we will certainly miss Novak, I think the Western & Southern Open will present great opportunities to a number of players who are looking to break through at one of the biggest events during the ATP season. It will also be a tremendous opportunity for our fans to get to see this next generation of stars up close.”
Italian Andreas Seppi will take the place of the Serbian in the Western and Southern Open main draw.