Nope, Novak Djokovic’s Elbow Isn’t Ok To Go, Is The Australian Open In Doubt?
by Tom Gainey | December 29th, 2017, 9:43 am

After months of rehab and optimism, Novak Djokovic’s start to the 2018 season will be delayed after the former No. 1 had to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi exo due to continued elbow pain.

“I am terribly disappointed that I am forced to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship,” Djokovic said in a statement today. “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.

“I am very sad because I was eager to return to playing official matches. I enjoyed the practices and everything I did to get ready for the start of the season, including the tournament in Abu Dhabi, where I always enjoy playing. Now I need to accept this situation, and to wait for the results of the therapies, in order to start playing tennis again and getting back to full rhythm. This might affect the start of the season and the tournament plan, but the decision will be made in the following days.”

If you are hoping to see Novak in Melbourne, this doesn’t sound good. The Serb is scheduled to officially open his ATP campaign in Doha next week, but that seems very unlikely. And following five months of recovery, how can Djokovic’s elbow be ready in just a couple weeks?

In place of Djokovic, Andy Murray, who just happened to have flown into Abu Dhabi yesterday (coincidence?), will face Roberto Bautista Agut in an exo match today.

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16 Comments for Nope, Novak Djokovic’s Elbow Isn’t Ok To Go, Is The Australian Open In Doubt?

Roman Says:

Well, Murray couldn’t have hoped for a better opportunity to start the season with a title.

Roman Says:

Well, maybe not XD (thanks for the link)

Okiegal Says:

Well here we go….2018 starting out injury plagued. This is the time for the young guns……PISTOLS FIRING!! Fed will have something to say about that! Is he healthy? Does anyone know his status regarding his back??

t4t Says:

Fed’s back problems are probably less than those suffered by other tennis players. Many had to retire, Rafa suffered severe back problems in 2014 leading to the infamous year 2015 . I think Andy had back surgery. Fed just pretended he had a serious back problem to get out of military service in 2004.

t4t Says:

Just as he suffered fake mono in 2008 to explain his losses to Djokovic and Nadal.

Giles Says:

Joker withdraws from Doha.

j-kath Says:

t4t: Yep Andy had back surgery. Coming up – hip surgery — hope not….according to BBC news 5 minutes ago, he’s also had hip surgery but I’m sure they’ve made a mistake. Was also a few words from Andy – and have to say he looks and sounds cheerful and doesn’t look tired at all -only time will tell.

Jaq Shivam Says:

I am big fan of Rafael Nadal but when I listen that Novak withdraw from Doha than I feel sad because I want competition on tennis tour not domination by player. Everyone now that’s if competition will be on tour than tennis live for longer and if domination continues than tennis will be ded.
You can see examples that when on women tour, men’s tour at Novak dominate, Roger dominate or some other players.

So I hope both Rafael, Novak back with their best with will power and fight on tennis tournaments.

Willow Says:

IMO I Doubt many fans actually care when their own personal favorites are dominating, oh god but they soon cry out for competition when a rival is though, roughly translated it means i want my favorite to dominate rather than a rival, and seem to love rivalries especially when their own favorites hold the monopoly, although they seem to hide behind cliches like the match was close couldve gone either way, the tennis was very good etc etc, so lets not kid ourselves otherwise ….

t4t Says:

j-kath, I hope Andy comes back and dominates. It is his turn to get a weak era.

Thangs Says:

Zverev will win AO 2018

t4t Says:

weak eras:
Fed: 5 (2004-2007, 2017)
Djokovic: 1.5 ( 2015 and part of 2016)
Nadal: 1(2017)
Andy: 0

Giles Says:
The “ feel good” potions still working. Lol

t4t Says:


skeezer Says:

Fed jeaous haters at it again. Although the topic is about Novak, they can’t help themselves insisting how jeaouls thay are. LMAO

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