Novak Djokovic won't participate at the exhibition tournament "Mubadala World Tennis Classic" in Abu Dhabi after all because he felt pain in his elbow in the past couple of days, and after the advice from a doctor, he decided that he will miss this competition as well.
Novak issued a statement regarding this.
- I am terribly disappointed for being forced to withdraw from the tournament in Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately, the pain returned in the past couple of days and the doctors advised me not to take any chances, but to miss this competition and to continue with therapy right away - Novak said.
- I am very sad because I eagerly waited to start playing the official matches again. I enjoyed the preparations and I was looking forward to the tournament in Abu Dhabi, where I love to participate. All that it's left is for me to accept this situation and to wait for the results of the therapy so I can return to the court. All of this can affect the beginning of the season and the plan of tournaments I made, but the decision will be made in the next few days.
The dark suspicions of famous tennis analyst Mark Pici, who is working for BBC and Sky Sports, definitely came true. He concluded after the analysis of Djokovic's training, and that he changed the head of the racket, that he didn't entirely fix the elbow injury.
To recall, Djokovic hasn't been playing since Wimbledon, due to the elbow injury. It was expected that we will see him on the court in Abu Dhabi, but that's not going to happen.
We hope that Djokovic will be able to fix his injury till Australian Open, where he could become a recorder if he wins the title and he could become the only man in history who has 7 trophies from Melbourne.