First Abu Dhabi, now Djokovic out of Doha

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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.

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