Elbow injury forces Novak Djokovic to miss Miami Open

World number one Andy Murray will not compete for his third Miami Open title as a right elbow injury forces him out.

Djokovic described it as "shocking" that he would have to miss the March 20-April 2 Miami event, where he won his first Masters event before making his ascent towards the top of the world rankings.

Unfortunately for Murray, the injury bug is back to throw a wrench into the entire process.

Murray, who lost in his opening match at Indian Wells to qualifier Vasek Pospisil, won Miami twice in 2009 and 2013. His hopes were dashed in the round-of-16 by an unseeded Mischa Zverev. Paradoxically Murray's lead over Djokovic in the rankings will grow past 4,000 points through their absence from the Miami tournament, as the Serb was defending winning points from a year ago. He was unable to take advantage, however.

"Sadly, due to a right elbow injury, I won't be playing in Miami", Murray said in a statement that caught even his own team by surprise. Apologies to my fans, it's one of my favourite tournaments.

World No.1 Andy Murray's 2017 tennis season does not seem to be going according to plan at all. The Serbian broke the news on Twitter today.

Having also suffered an early exit at the Australian Open, Djokovic is struggling to replicate the form which swept all before him 12 months ago.

The men's draw takes place at 1700 GMT on Monday with the ATP action getting under way on Wednesday.

  • Loretta Pittman