Novak Djokovic has been forced to pull out of this week’s Madrid Open Masters event due to an arm injury, the Serbian world number two said on Sunday.
Djokovic, who was hampered by the injury, thought to be his right wrist, at last month’s Monte Carlo Masters where he lost to Roger Federer in the semi-finals, said he hoped to be back for the Rome Masters starting next Sunday.
“I am very sorry for the Madrid tournament and all the Spanish fans to have to pull out,” Djokovic on the ATP website.
“I did everything possible in order to play in Madrid, which is one of the biggest events of the year, but unfortunately my right arm injury has flared up again,” he added.
“Now I will take some time to recover and heal my injury, hoping I will be ready for Rome. I look forward to returning to Madrid next year.”