Djokovic comeback stalls after more pain in right elbow

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 30, 2017 08:11 AM
Djokovic comeback stalls after more pain in right elbow
FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 12, 2017 file photo of Serbia's Novak Djokovic as he gestures during a press conference after losing his Men's Singles Quarterfinal Match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (AELTC, Joe Toth/File via AP)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The comeback plans for Novak Djokovic stalled on Friday when a recurrence of pain in his right elbow forced him to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

Djokovic hasn't played competitively since he retired in the Wimbledon quarterfinals because of the elbow injury. He was scheduled on Friday to play Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the exhibition semifinals, his first match in nearly five months.

"I am terribly disappointed that I am forced to withdraw," Djokovic said in a statement on his website.

"Unfortunately, in the past few days I started to feel pain in the elbow and after several tests, my medical team has advised me not to risk anything, to withdraw from the tournament and to immediately continue with the therapies.

"This might affect the start of the season and the tournament plan, but the decision will be made in the following days."

Djokovic is entered in the Qatar Open starting on Monday in Doha, where he's the defending two-time champion. That's his lead-in tournament for the Australian Open, which starts in just over two weeks.

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