Novak Djokovic withdrew from next week’s Qatar Open

Vastavam web: Former world number one Novak Djokovic today withdrew from next week’s Qatar Open, casting doubt on his participation at the Australian Open later in January.Qatar is the second tournament Djokovic has pulled out in as many days due to a niggling elbow injury.”Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday,” said Djokovic.”I still feel the pain. Therefore, I will have to withdraw from (the) ATP tournament in Doha.”

The Serb added: “Only when I’m 100 per cent ready to play, I will be able to come back.In recent years, Djokovic has used the Qatar tournament as valuable warm-up for the Australian Open.In 2016, after beating Rafa Nadal in the Qatar final he went on to claim his sixth Australian title.Last year in Doha, he ended then world number one Murray’s 28-match winning streak to claim his second Qatar title in a riveting final.Austria’s Dominic Thiem, world ranked number five, has now been made the Qatar Open number one seed.The draw for the tournament takes place later on Saturday.