Djokovic’s return on hold as the Serb pulls out of Mubadala Championship

Djokovic's return on hold as the Serb pulls out of Mubadala Championship

Former world no. 1, Novak Djokovic has postponed his long-awaited return to the sport as he pulls out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship because of an elbow injury.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner has not played since July– during Wimbledon quarter-final — and was expected to face Roberto Bautista Agut at the Mubadala Championship on Friday.

He said, “This might affect the start of the season and the tournament plan.”

“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 with the therapies.”

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“I am very sad because I was eager to return to playing official matches,” he added.

Djokovic’s withdrawal from this week’s event follows that of world number one Rafael Nadal, who is suffering from an ongoing knee injury.

Nadal has also pulled out of the Brisbane International but says he still intends to play at the Australian Open.

Djokovic’s participation at the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne is now in doubt.


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