The world will have to wait a bit longer for the return of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, both of whom haven’t played a professional ATP Tour level match since Wimbledon 2017.
Djokovic who most recently pulled out of an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi was expected to make his return to the ATP Tour in Doha as the defending champion. He subsequently announced his withdrawal citing a right elbow injury.
Furthermore, Murray who stood in for Djokovic at the Abu Dhabi exhibition last week, was expected to make his return to the ATP Tour in Brisbane, announced his withdrawal with the same hip injury that forced him to abruptly end his season last year. Murray released a lengthy statement on his Facebook account outlining his concerns about the prospect of having surgery.
Both have cited their concerns for competing at the Australian Open, a tournament which will resonate with both of them. Djokovic holds the open era record with the most Australian Open wins with six titles while Murray has finished runner up on five occasions.