The world No. 1, Novak Djokovic will not be able to participate in China Open next week because he injured his elbow.
Although Djokovic has 29 wins and no losses at the tournament, his streak has not been great lately. He lost early in Wimbledon and at Rio Olympics, where he faced Juan del Potro, who played the greatest match of his career. Djokovic managed to reach the finals in the U.S. Open where the Swiss Stan Wawrinka dominated.
On Wednesday he announced:”I am very sad not to be able to compete at the China Open this year. I am still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play tournaments until my condition improves and allows me to compete. I will continue with my rehabilitation and hope to be able to return to the ATP World Tour as soon as possible.”
Moreover, he added:”The China Open is one of my favorite tournaments. I have had a lot of success there, winning the title six times. I love competing in front of the passionate Chinese fans, and I look forward to coming back to Beijing in the future.”
Djokovic is supposed to return to the court at the Shanghai Masters which begins on October 10.
Charles Hsiung, the director of China Open announced:”Novak is a fan favorite in Beijing and a tremendous champion at the China Open. It is unfortunate that he will not be able to defend his title this year due to injury. We wish him a successful recovery and look forward to seeing him on tour again soon, maintaining his position as World No. 1.”