Novak Djokovic has had to withdraw from the 2023 Rolex Shanghai Masters. The world No.1 sent a message to Tournament Director Michael Luevano saying he is sorry to miss his fans in China but hopes to be back in the future.
Djokovic said: "Over the years, some of the best support I receive anywhere in the world, is in China. Shanghai has always been one of my favourite tournaments in the season. I will be missing my #NoleFam in China. I hope that I can come back to China in the future and play in front of all of you again."
The new look Rolex Shanghai Masters to be played 2 to 15 October at QiZhong Stadium still promises to be the standout tournament on the Asin Swing.
"It is disappointing not to have Novak at our tournament as it has always been a pleasure hosting him here," Mr. Luevano said. "All of us wish him the very best. He has had a very full year and we hope he remains fit and healthy, and we definitely look forward to welcoming him back to the Rolex Shanghai Masters.
"This year's tournament promises to be among the best we have ever staged. We are excited to welcome back our defending champion Daniil Medvedev along with some of the most exciting and brilliant young players in world tennis. Guys like Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune and Jannik Sinner, who are all making the trip to Shanghai for the first time and will be joined by popular figures like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev."
The Rolex Shanghai Masters, Asia's only ATP Masters 1000 tournament, will have a 96 singles draw, offer prize money of over $US8.8million and will be played over two weeks for the first time.