Still battling to overcome chronic pain in his right elbow, six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is unsure if he’ll participate in this year’s tournament, which begins Jan. 15.
According to his website, Djokovic will take part in two exhibition events in Australia next week before determining if he is ready to play in the first Grand Slam of the season. His six championships in the Australian Open (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16) account for half of his 12 career major titles.
The 30-year-old Serbian has been out since retiring in the Wimbledon quarterfinals due to the elbow injury, telling reporters afterward that it had been bothering him for 12 to 18 months. The right-hander pulled out of exhibitions in Abu Dhabi and Doha in recent weeks.
Djokovic has slipped to No. 12 overall in the ATP rankings and hasn’t won a Grand Slam tournament since the 2016 French Open, his first career victory in the event.
In the 2017 Australian Open, he fell in five sets to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the round of 64.
–Field Level Media