Djokovic has been missing for six months with an elbow injury.

Novak Djokovic explains his plans ahead of Australian Open

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Novak Djokovic is set to return to the court this month, as he travels to Australia to take part in the Kooyong Classic and the Tie Break Tens.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner had a forgetful 2017 season. After defending his Qatar Open title, the 30-year olds form slumped.

He was upset in Round Two of the Australian Open by Uzbekistani Denis Istomin, ranked 117th in the world at the time, and also lost in the Quarter Finals of the French Open to Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic also split with his long-time coach Marian Vajda, and replaced him with eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi. Despite winning the Eastbourne International, his Wimbledon journey was ended due to an elbow injury at the Quarter Final stage, and that is the last time anyone saw him on a tennis court.

He was due to take part in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi and was also scheduled to defend his Qatar Open, but had to withdraw due to elbow pain. If Djokovic comes through the two exhibition tournaments unscathed, however, he is set to make his Grand Slam return in the Aussie Open.


"After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments," reads a statement on Djokovic's official website.

"After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times."


There will be a wealth of talent warming up for the first big major of the year at the two events. Djokovic could face the likes of Thiem, David Goffin and Marin Cilic at the Kooyong Classic, whilst Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios will all be appearing at the Tie Break Tens showing.

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