Novak Djokovic Withdraws from 2022 BNP Paribas Open

Brandy Flores

It’s official, Novak Djokovic will not be competing at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the 2022 BNP Paribas Open.

Djokovic has now withdrawn from the Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open, and confirmed he will not play in the Miami Open, due to his unvaccinated status. Djokovic is also unwilling to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Djokovic took to Twitter, saying that since CDC regulations will not change, he will not be able to compete in the United States due to his unvaccinated status from COVID-19.

The BNP Paribas Open released the following statement, confirming Djokovic’s withdrawal from the tournament and announcing that Grigor Dimitrov will take his place in the main draw.

“Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open. As the next player in line to be seeded, Grigor Dimitrov will move into Djokovic’s space in the draw, and a Lucky Loser from qualifying will move into Dimitrov’s space in the draw once qualifying is complete.” – BNP Paribas Open Tournament Officials

A huge blow to the tournament, which will also be played without world number 1 & 2 WTA players, Ash Barty and Barbora Krejcikova due to injuries.

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