>> Former world number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Qatar Open as he faces a race to be fit for the first Grand Slam of the year. The Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne on the 15th of January, but that's now in doubt for the Serb.
30-year-old Djokovic had been scheduled to start the new season at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi this week. But he canceled that as well after an elbow injury flared up. In a statement, he said, only when I'm 100% ready to play will I be able to come back.
The 12-time Grand Slam winner hasn't played since January when his elbow injury forced him to retire against Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon in quarter finals. Meanwhile, Japan's Kei Nishikori has pulled out of next month's Sydney International, putting his comeback on hold from a wrist injury that's kept him out of action for more than four months.