The main news that emerged after the publication of the official entry list for the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai concerns the absences of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. “Let’s see how the situation will evolve in the future.

When you walk off the field after a defeat, your head is still hot: you’re struggling to be rational, but there are a lot of irrational thoughts running through your head. I want my thoughts to calm down: when I have calmed down, I will move forward and see which tournaments to play”, Djokovic told the Serbian media at the end of the match with Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open, opening up the possibility of a short break before returning to the court.


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are not registered for the Dubai tournament

The 36-year-old has chosen not to leave Dubai, an event in which he has participated in three of the last four editions, and to set his sights on the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.

Different story for Nadal, who could still receive a wild card if he decides to play the tournament. The Majorcan suffered a slight injury in Brisbane during the match against Jordan Thompson and missed the first Slam of the season.

According to what his team reported, Nadal will play in Doha from February 19th to 24th. Daniil Medvedev, a fresh finalist in Melbourne, will therefore lead the seeding in Dubai. The Russian lost his second consecutive final at the Australian Open, squandering a two-set lead.

Also present were Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, protagonists of an excellent journey in Australia. Both reached the quarter-finals, losing to Sinner and Medvedev respectively. Closing the table of seeds are Adrian MannarinoKaren KhachanovUgo HumbertAlejandro Davidovich Fokina, and Jan-Lennard Struff.

Two Italians in the main draw: Lorenzo Musetti and Lorenzo Sonego.

The complete entry list