Novak Djokovic to play Kooyong Classic and TieBreak Tens

Serena Williams Drops out of Australian Open

Serena Williams Drops out of Australian Open

Serena has not played a competitive match since claiming a record-equalling slam at the Australian Open last year, having given birth to her first child in September.

"With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year".

This is a good opportunity for him to test his physical condition and realize if he is prepared or not to fight for his seventh title in the first Grand Slam of the year.

A statement on Djokovic's website said: "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 competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams added.

Since Wimbledon last season, Novak Djokovic hasn't played.

Williams last year beat older sister Venus in the final.

"He wrote in the caption: "#australianopen on my way".

But the news is more positive for the former world number one after it was revealed he is set to feature at the Kooyong Classic next week and the Tie Break Tens evening exhibition at Melbourne Park. "I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open".

World number 22 Kei Nishikori, a three-time quarter-finalist in Melbourne, will definitely miss the Australian Open however with a wrist injury.

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said: "The true champion Serena is has been demonstrated in the herculean efforts she has made over the past few months in her desire to play the Australian Open".

"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life and consistently gives her all in everything she does".

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