World tennis men’s number two Novak Djokovic said on Sunday he was pulling out of next week’ s Miami Open because of an elbow injury.
Newsverge reports that Djokovic had lost 4-6 6-7 (3-7) to Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells last week.
The 29-year-old Serb is the second big name to withdraw from the event after world number one Andy Murray did likewise for the same reason.
Djokovic who is the event’s defending champion apologised to fans who could have bought tickets to see him play in Miami.
Now, Murray will extend his lead at the top of the world rankings to more than 4,000 points as Djokovic will lose the points he earned from winning in Miami last year.
Murray will lead the Serb by 3090 points on Monday, but that will increase to over 4,045 points at the beginning of next month after the conclusion of the Miami event.