Djokovic Out Of Indian Wells: Serbian Tennis Star Withdraws From Next Week's Masters Event

World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Indian Wells Masters Tennis Event.

The Serbian star will be replaced in the field by Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The Serbian, who is one of the most high-profile athletes unvaccinated against the virus, applied to the U.S. government last month for special permission to play at ATP masters events at Indian Wells and Miami.

The U.S. currently bars unvaccinated foreigners from entry into the country, a policy that is expected to be lifted when the government ends its covid-19 emergency declarations on May 11.