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Djokovic a doubt for Australian Open after Abu Dhabi withdrawal

Kachi Wachuku in ATP Tour 29 Dec 2017
  • Djokovic has withdrawn from Mubadala exhibition due to lingering elbow problem
  • The six-time former champion is unsure for the Australian Open in mid-January
Novak Djokovic. (credit: Joe Toth - AELTC Pool/Getty Images)

Elbow woe delays Novak's return to competitive tennis

Right elbow pain has forced Novak Djokovic to delay his comeback - the Serb has withdrawn from the Mubadala exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

In a statement posted to his official website the 30-year old said,

"I am very disappointed that I am forced to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Unfortunately in the past few days I started to feel pain in the elbow and after several tests, my medical team has advised me not to risk anything, to withdraw from the tournament and to immediately continue therapies." 

"I am very sad because I was eager to return to playing official matches. I enjoyed the practices and everything I did to get ready for the start of the season, including the tournament in Abu Dhabi, where I always enjoy playing. Now I need to accept this situation, and to wait for the result of the therapies, in order to start playing tennis again and getting back to full rhythm. This might affect the start of the season and the tournament plan, but the decision will be made in the following days."

He was scheduled to play Roberto Bautista Agut in the Mubadala semi-finals but will be replaced by Andy Murray, who was only there for his pre-season preparations.

The Serbian was scheduled to play at next week's Qatar Exxonmobil Open before heading over to Melbourne for the Australian Open, but this withdrawal casts serious doubt around his fitness for both events.

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