Regarded of being one of the greatest of all times, Djokovic’s return to the tour was highly expected.
After an out of this world 2015, in which he set new outstanding records, 2016 seemed to follow the same path. But soon after the dominant performance from Doha, his level started to drop significantly. We would soon understand that the former World number 1 is suffering from an elbow injury. Little we knew that it started back in 2015, because of playing way too much games.
Hit by the cruel injury, the Serb had a disappointing 2016 for his stellar standards. He didn’t manage to win any big event and had to retire in Wimbledon’s Quarterfinal against Thomas Berdych. He hasn’t played an official match since.
Nole chose not to undergo surgery and informed us that for 2 months he won’t train at all. Then he will start the recovery.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion said that he progressed a lot and announced his involvement in the exhibition Abu Dhabi tournament. Nadal and Wawrinka confirmed their participation, just to retire in the last moment. The same outcome occurred with Djokovic as well, being replaced by another injured player, Andy Murray.
If this wasn’t an enough alarm signal, Novak retired from Doha as well, admitting that his elbow still hurts.
He confirmed his involvement in TheBreak Tens new exhibition event organised by ATP. The tournament will be held in Melbourne from 10 until 15 of January 2018. Nadal and Wawrinka confirmed their presence as well. But in the light of the last events, we can’t be sure.
Novak Djokovic never retired from Australian Open and that’s why he is looking forward to play the exhibition tournament, as it will serve him to see where he is at with his game.
Just like Andy Murray, maybe Djokovic was wrong not to undergo surgery. Only time will tell.