Djokovic To Play Kooyong Classic as Australian Open Decision Looms


Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will travel to Australia to test his long-standing elbow injury before deciding whether or not to play in the Australian Open.

After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be.

"My coach and team always said, 'Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.' I can compete - but I don't want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time".

She is the third high profile withdrawal this week, after Andy Murray decided to miss the tournament as he continues his recovery from hip surgery.

Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, has not played since being forced to retire against Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals back in July after experiencing pain in his elbow. In terms of total years, it was the oldest Grand Slam women's final in the Open era with the Williams sisters combining for 71 years, 11 months.

"He wrote in the caption: "#australianopen on my way".

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Men's world No 4 Kei Nishikori also pulled out because of a wrist injury, while there are fears that Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic may all miss the tournament as well.

"The memory of last year's Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again", she said.

Novak Djokovic is set to return to action for the Kooyong Classic and the Tie Break Tens in the lead up to the Australian Open.

He had been scheduled to appear at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the United Arab Emirates and then return to the ATP circuit at the Doha Open.

"It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete, she wants to give herself the best chance to win", Tiley said.