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Sport Djokovic to contest Kooyong Classic as Australian Open decision looms

18:00  03 january  2018
18:00  03 january  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Djokovic announces Aus warm-up schedule

  Djokovic announces Aus warm-up schedule Novak Djokovic is set to return to action in the two events in the lead up to the Australian Open. The Serb has not played since retiring during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych in July and has continued to struggle with an elbow injury.A statement on Djokovic's website said: "After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments.

Novak Djokovic has added the Kooyong Classic to his schedule as the former world number one attempts to prove his fitness ahead of the Australian Open . The Serbian is now due to contest both the Tie Break Tens at Melbourne Park on January 10, and the Kooyong Classic

Novak Djokovic has added the Kooyong Classic to his schedule as the former world number one attempts to prove his fitness ahead of the Australian Open .

Novak Djokovic - cropped: Novak Djokovic of Serbia © Provided by Omnisport Novak Djokovic of Serbia

Novak Djokovic has added the Kooyong Classic to his schedule as the former world number one attempts to prove his fitness ahead of the Australian Open.

The Serbian is now due to contest both the Tie Break Tens at Melbourne Park on January 10, and the Kooyong Classic, an invitational competition staged at the former home of the Australian Open.

According to a statement on Djokovic's website, a decision will be made about his participation in the first major of the year after the two warm-up events.

Djokovic has not played competitively since withdrawing from the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July.

Australian Open confident Djokovic, Nadal and Serena will play in Melbourne

  Australian Open confident Djokovic, Nadal and Serena will play in Melbourne Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley believes Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will play in Melbourne.Will Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams all feature at the Australian Open? Tournament director Craig Tiley is confident the star trio will be in action this month.

Novak Djokovic has added the Kooyong Classic to his schedule as the former world number one attempts to prove his fitness ahead of the Australian Open . The Serbian is now due to contest both the Tie Break Tens at Melbourne Park on January 10, and the Kooyong Classic

Seeking to shake off an elbow problem to compete at the Australian Open , Novak Djokovic will use the Kooyong Classic as a proving ground.

The 30-year-old sat out the US Open and the ATP World Tour Finals in an attempt to recover from a persistent elbow problem.

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.

Pain in the right elbow forced Djokovic to opt out of both events, though, casting his participation in the Australian Open, a competition he has won six times, into doubt.

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are also in doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after withdrawing from the Brisbane International due to knee and hip issues respectively.

Novak Djokovic sends injury warning to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ahead of Australian Open .
Playing in his first match for nearly six months, Djokovic beat Dominic Theim. He afterwards insisted his troublesome elbow problems are behind him.The Serbian has not played since being knocked out of the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July due to an elbow injury. He withdrew from a warm-up event in Doha last week.

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