2-time defending champion Novak Djokovic officially withdrew from the Doha event as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.
“Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for better since yesterday. I still feel the pain,” Djokovic posted on Facebook. “Therefore, I will have to withdraw from ATP tournament in Doha, that has been voted the best 250 tournament in 2017. I am sorry that I will not be able to play in front of my fans here. I have great memories of this tournament and the matches I played, like the final against Andy from last year.
“The atmosphere at the stadium is always wonderful, the organization is on the highest level, and I will surely miss it a lot. However, after the thorough consultations with the medical team, we decided to keep up with the therapies and elbow treatments.”
After five months off trying to correct the elbow, what are the chances Djokovic can get it right for Melbourne in two weeks?
And with 250 points dropping from his 2017 Doha title, if Djokovic does play the Australian Open, he’ll be seeded in the 14-16 range.
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