More than two decades of tradition will be wiped away at the upcoming Indian Wells Masters after Novak Djokovic announced that he would not bother to cross the Atlantic to play in the Californian classic.
The world No. 1 has been at a low ebb ever since his Tokyo Olympic humiliation when he returned home without a medal after a bad-tempered explosion in a losing semi-final against Alexander Zverev.
That ATP-WTA event in the desert of Indian Wells which begins next week will be missing the men’s Big 3 for the first time since 2000.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both out for the season rehabbing injuries. Federer has undergone a third procedure on his right knee while Nadal has been dealing with a chronic foot problem.
In 2000, Federer fell ill during qualifying rounds while Nadal and Djokovic had not yet turned professional.