Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Novak Djokovic’s father Miljan Djokovic expects his son to pull out of next month’s Australian Open due to “difficult circumstances.”
The Serbian world number one announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he would not take part in the Brisbane International in the buildup to the new year’s first grand slam because of an ongoing elbow injury.
According to Novak Djokovic’s press release, the 12-time grand slam champion was seeking medical advice to resolve the matter, as his decision came just weeks after announcing he would play in January’s Australian Open despite being still troubled by the injury.
There is no official word on whether Djokovic, currently ranked 14th in the world, will need surgery on his right elbow as detailed in the statement.
In an interview with Serbia’s Vecernje Novosti newspaper on Tuesday, Djokovic Sr., who has coached his son throughout his career, said he expected the 29-year-old would not be playing for the remainder of 2017.
“I think he will not play in the last five events of the year,” Djokovic Sr. said. “He can only play on the Grand Slams. With an elbow injury, that is it.
“If I was him, I wouldn’t play on a tour event for the last 10 days of 2017 with an elbow injury and high pain level.”
Djokovic will compete at this week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.
The Australian Open begins on January 15.