Six-time champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s China Open in Beijing due to an elbow injury, the tournament announced today.
“I am extremely disappointed not to be able to compete at the China Open this year. I’m still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play until my condition improves. I will continue with my rehabilitation and hope to be able to return to the ATP Tour as soon as possible,” Djokovic said. “The China Open is one of my favourite tournaments. I have had a lot of success there, winning the title six times. I love competing in front of the passionate Chinese fans and I look forward to coming back to Beijing in the future.”
Djokovic is a perfect 29-0 at the event winning six times including the last four years.
Last year Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the final. Nadal is expected to return along with now top seed Andy Murray.
Djokovic is still scheduled to play in Shanghai on October 3.
— China Open (@ChinaOpen) September 28, 2016
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