Novak Djokovic’s American summer got off to a poor start on Sunday at the “Cincinnati” Masters as the world No. 1 withdrew from a doubles match due to neck pain.
The Serb and compatriot Filip Krajinovic were to have started in the first round against American Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe. The Djokovic team was replaced in the draw by Nicola Cacic and Dusan Lajovic.
Men’s singles top seed Djokovic has rented a private home for the duration of the COVID-hampered pair of major events – both played at the US Open site in New York.
Djokovic said the expense of a private space for three weeks would contribute to his tranquility and fitness during the US tournament period.
He is travelling with coaches and a physiotherapist.