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Djokovic withdraws from Indian Wells event

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has disclosed that he will not be playing at the Indian Wells event which will begin next week. The Wimbledon champion has joined a growing list of high-profile withdrawals from the event.

Djokovic announced on Wednesday that he won't be playing the prestigious event in the California desert.

“I am sorry I won't get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to go, I hope to see you next year!” he tweeted.

Tournament director Tommy Haas said: "We are disappointed that Novak will not be able to join us at the BNP Paribas Open. We hope to see him back in Tennis Paradise next March to contend for a record-setting sixth title in the desert."

Djokovic is a five-time winner at Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar outside of the four grand slams.

The Serbian star hasn't played since his defeat to Medvedev in the final of the US Open earlier this month, where he missed out on his chance to win a record-breaking 21st major title and a calendar year grand slam.

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