Cincinnati, 10 August 2021 (STATS Perform/dpa/MIA) — Novak Djokovic will not play at the Western and Southern Open after a “taxing” run that has brought him to the brink of a calendar Grand Slam.
The world number one’s bid for a Golden Slam faltered at the Olympic Games as he lost to Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals in Tokyo.
Djokovic appeared to tire badly and finished fourth in both the men’s singles event and the mixed doubles, opting out of the bronze medal match in the latter.
But victories at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon mean 2021 is still on course to be the best year of Djokovic’s career.
And the Serbian is taking a little time to prepare himself for the final push at Flushing Meadows, meaning no appearance in Cincinnati next week.
“Dear fans,” he wrote on Twitter. “I wanted to share with you that I am taking a bit longer to recover and recuperate after quite a taxing journey from Australia to Tokyo.
“Sadly, that means I won’t be ready to compete in Cincinnati this year, so I’ll turn my focus and attention to the US Open and spend some more time with family.”