Novak Djokovic to play two tournaments ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic to play two tournaments ahead of Australian Open”

This press release at the player's official website says the former Australian Open champion will play the two exhibition tournaments in Melbourne and after that, he'll make the decision on playing or not the 'Happy Slam', which he has won six times.

Williams, whose grand slam tally is just one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court, said she was disappointed to withdraw but looked forward to returning in the future.

The Japanese 29-year-old, who has not played since August, said that he was not yet ready to compete over five sets.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said.

Serena returned to the court on December 30 at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, where she lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 3-6 10-5. In terms of total years, it was the oldest Grand Slam women's final in the Open era with the Williams sisters combining for 71 years, 11 months.

Men's world No 4 Kei Nishikori also pulled out because of a wrist injury, while there are fears that Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic may all miss the tournament as well. I can compete - but I don't want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time. "I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open".

Tournament director Craig Tiley called Williams' efforts to try and be ready for a title defence at the Australian Open "Herculean" and said she transcended the sport.

Djokovic will play the Kooyong Classic and TieBreak Tens in Melbourne.

"It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete, she wants to give herself the best chance to win", Tiley said.

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