Novak Djokovic’s hopes of playing in the Australian Open which is only two weeks away have been dealt another massive blow as the Serbian was forced to withdraw from next week’s Qatar Open as a result of an ongoing elbow injury problem.
The six-time Australian Open champion had, on Friday, announced his withdrawal from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, and it appears he’s still not fit for a competitive match.
“Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday,” he said in a statement on his website.
“I still feel the pain. Therefore, I will have to withdraw from the ATP tournament in Doha.”
The injury is a damning blow to the 30-year-old who has only recently battled back from a six-month absence and has not played competitively since Wimbledon. And he’s said he will not take chances, and will only return when he’s 100% fit.
“After thorough consultations with the medical team, we decided to keep up with the therapies and elbow treatments,” he added.
“Only when I’m 100 per cent ready to play, will I be able to come back.
“I hope it will be soon. I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.”