Murray and Djokovic both absent from Miami Open

The two top seeds in men’s tennis will both be absent from the upcoming Miami open due to injury.

Murray playing in the 2015 Australian Open. Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Murray playing in the 2015 Australian Open.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons

World number 1, Andy Murray, has ruled himself out with an elbow injury. This comes after Murray suffered a shock defeat to Canadian, Vasek Pospisil (ranked 129) at Indian Wells last week.

Murray took to Twitter to express his disappointment at missing the tournament but ensures his main focus is on the upcoming clay season later this year.

“The focus is on getting ready for the clay-court season. Apologies to the fans, it’s one of my favourite tournaments.”

Murray isn’t the only big name missing from the Miami open as world number 2 Novak Djokovic has also pulled out of the tournament with the same injury as Murray.

The Serbian lost in straight sets to Australian Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells in the last 16 in a disappointing tournament for the world number 2.

Novak Djokovic will have work to do to close the gap on Andy Murray when he returns from injury. Photo from Flickr
Novak Djokovic will have work to do to close the gap on Andy Murray when he returns from injury.
Photo from Flickr

Djokovic has since apologised to the fans who bought tickets to see him at the tournament and has said he will do his upmost to be back on the court as soon as possible.

“My doctor has strongly advised against play because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week. I will do everything in my power to recover and do all the necessary therapy to be able to return to the court as soon as possible.”

With them┬áboth having to sit out the event, then Murray’s lead over Djokovic at the top of the rankings will stretch to more than 4,000 points as the world number two will lose the points he earned from winning the title last year.