Western & Southern Open: Novak Djokovic opts out of doubles event citing neck pain
Djokovic was supposed to play doubles with Filip Krajinovic at the Western & Southern Open, presumably simply to get some extra court time ahead of the US Open
New York: Novak Djokovic pulled out of the doubles event at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, citing neck pain.
Djokovic remained in the singles draw, where he is seeded No 1 and is scheduled to play his second-round match Monday. He received a first-round bye.
The Western & Southern Open is the first ATP tournament since the tour went on hiatus in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. It normally is played in Ohio but is being held this year on the same hard courts that will host the US Open starting 31 August as part of an unusual doubleheader.
Djokovic was supposed to play doubles with Filip Krajinovic at the Western & Southern Open, presumably simply to get some extra court time ahead of the US Open. They will be replaced by Nikola Cacic and Dusan Lajovic, who will face Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul on Sunday.
Medvedev didn't face a break point, and converted three of his seven break chances against the American to wrap things up in 72 minutes.
The 38-year-old Hall of Famer was beaten 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 by Katerina Siniakova, a three-time major doubles champion from Czech Republic.
Sasnovich, a 27-year-old from Belarus ranked 100th in the world, saved nine of the 10 break points she faced to emerge with the 6-0, 6-4 first-round victory and advance to a meeting with Raducanu, the British 18-year-old whose run to the US Open title last month electrified the tennis world.