Novak Djokovic pulls out of Qatar Open

Updated:7 months, 3 weeks ago IST

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Former world number one Novak Djokovic withdrew from next week's Qatar Open on Saturday (January 30) and faces a race to be fit for the first grand slam of the year. The 30-year-old Serb had been scheduled to start the new season at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on Friday when an elbow injury flared up. "Only when I'm 100 percent ready to play, will I be able to come back. I hope it will be soon," he said in a statement. The 12-time grand slam winner has not played since he was forced to retire against Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July due to an elbow injury. Meanwhile Japan's Kei Nishikori has pulled out of next month's Sydney International, putting his comeback on hold from a wrist injury that has kept him out of action for more than four months. The withdrawals of Djokovic and Nishikori raise further doubts about their participation in the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 15.

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