First Abu Dhabi, now Djokovic out of Doha
Twenty-four hours after pulling out of his semi-final match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship with an elbow injury, former world No 1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s Qatar Open, casting doubt on his participation at the Australian Open that starts January 15. A statement from the 12-time grand slam champion, the top seed in Doha, said that he would not be able to defend the title he won by beating Andy Murray last year. “Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday,” the statement read. “I still feel the pain. Therefore, I will have to withdraw from [the] ATP tournament in Doha.” Djokovic, 30, has not played since his quarter-finals loss at Wimbledon in July as he continues to recover with the elbow injury.