A niggling elbow damage has pressured former world primary Novak Djokovic to withdraw from subsequent week’s Qatar Open, casting doubt on his participation on the Australian Open in mid-January.
Qatar is the second match Djokovic has pulled out in as many days as a result of damage.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion was prime seed in Doha, however in an announcement he stated he wouldn’t have the ability to defend the title he gained by beating Andy Murray final yr.
His withdrawal comes simply 24 hours after the damage pressured him to drop out of an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.
“Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday,” stated Djokovic.
“I still feel the pain. Therefore, I will have to withdraw from (the) ATP tournament in Doha.”
The Serb added: “Only once I’m 100 per cent able to play, I will come again.
“I hope it will be soon. I want to thank everyone for patience and understanding.”
The newest announcement raises recent doubts over the long-term way forward for the 30-year-old and extra instantly his availability for the primary Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, which begins on January 15.
In current years, Djokovic has used the Qatar match as invaluable warm-up for the Australian Open.
In 2016, after beating Rafa Nadal within the Qatar last he went on to say his sixth Australian title.
Last yr in Doha, he ended then world primary Murray’s 28-match successful streak to say his second Qatar title in a riveting last.
Djokovic was concentrating on Doha as his first match since his quarter-finals loss at Wimbledon in July this yr.
Austria’s Dominic Thiem, world ranked quantity 5, has now been made the Qatar Open primary seed.
The draw for the match takes place afterward Saturday.
Qatar Open match director admitted Djokovic ‘will surely be missed’.