‘Rafael Nadal is happy to get a ranking system with…’, says German Chief

After weeks of doubts, the number one in the world Novak Djokovic has announced the decision regarding his participation in the Miami Open, the first Master 1000 of the season which will start on March 24th. After Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also the Serbian champion has made it official that he will not be present at the event, therefore without all the Big Three. The presence of Novak Djokovic was in doubt after the Australian Open: in Melbourne the Serbian won and partly dominated the first Grand Slam of the year but had suffered an abdominal tear that had put his ambitions at risk. Despite the physical stop in the third round against the American Taylor Fritz, Novak continued and obtained important victories until the end where he literally annihilated his opponent, the Russian Daniil Medvedev. Everyone had doubts about Nole’s participation due to these physical problems even if through social media the Serbian specifically clarified that the reasons for this absence are other. Given the simultaneous absence of Dominic Thiem, the first two seeds of the tournament will be Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Russian, after the defeat in the final at the Australian Open, and the recent victory in the ATP in Marseille, is now the number favorite. one for the victory of the Miami Open 2021, the next big event of the season but which will be orphan of the number one in the world. Through all his social channels, the world number one Novak Djokovic has announced that he will not be present at the event. Here are his words in particular: “Dear fans, I am sorry to announce that this year I will not go to Miami to compete. I have decided to use this precious time to rest and be with my family. With all the restrictions I prefer to stay at home and try to find my balance. Can’t wait to go back next year.” Dirk Hordorff, vice-president of the German Tennis Federation, recently took aim at several top stars – including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – while speaking about the revised ATP ranking system. Hordorff also took a jibe at the ATP itself, saying that their rules might sound complicated but in reality they only benefit the big names.

Hordorff took aim at several top stars

“Some of you have problems to understand the ranking system of the ATP but it’s so easy,” Dirk Hordorff wrote on his Facebook page. “Roger Federer can choose his ranking place, even without playing. By the way, Roger is a player council member. This makes him happy.” Rafael Nadal is another player that Dirk Hordorff believes is pleased with the current structure, as it partly fulfills the Spaniard’s long-time wish of having a two-year ranking system. “Rafael Nadal is happy to get a ranking system with 3 years keeping the points,” the German said. “By the way, Rafa is player council member.” Hordorff claimed Djokovic ‘doesn’t care’ about any player except himself, and that the World No. 1 is not concerned with the Player Council’s decision-making either. “Novak Djokovic is ranked 1 and the best player, so he doesn’t care who is behind him and what the player council decides,” Hordorff wrote. “He is happy.”