Djokovic eyes Melbourne appearance

04 January 2018 04:41:30 GMTPlus11

Novak Djokovic has not yet given up hope of featuring at the Australian Open and will play at the Kooyong Classic and the Tie Break Tens in a bid to prove his fitness.

The six-time Melbourne champion continues to be hampered by a long-term problem in his right elbow which has forced him off the court since his retirement against Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last July.

He was recently forced to shelve plans to play at the Qatar Open and the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, but Djokovic has not yet resigned himself to missing out on the first Grand Slam of 2018.

A statement on his official website read: "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.

"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."

Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam titles to date, with his last victory coming at the French Open in 2016.

Last year he suffered a second-round exit at the Australian Open, lost in the quarter-finals of both the French Open and Wimbledon and was absent from the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic is currently priced at 6.00 to win the Australian Open, with Rafael Nadal available at 5.50 and defending champion Roger Federer 2.75.

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