Novak Djokovic pulls out of China Open with elbow injury

Novak Djokovic pulls out of China Open with elbow injury

Novak Djokovic pulls out of China Open with elbow injury

Four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's China Open due to an elbow injury.

He said he was recovering well from the elbow injury and was "close" to his best form.

The 29-year-old withdrew from the upcoming China Open, but has plans of returning to action in two weeks' time for the Shanghai Masters. "If they come, super, I will accept them", Djokovic said.

The top-ranked Serb, who has won 12 major titles, said after a light training session in Belgrade Friday that he felt emotionally drained after winning the French Open in June for his first Grand Slam on clay.

Serbia's world tennis number one Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men's ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career. The Serb, who is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time now has 12 Grand Slam titles to his name.

A shock third-round exit at Wimbledon was followed by a final defeat to Stan Wawrinka at the US Open earlier this month, and Djokovic was forced to pull out of the upcoming China Open with an elbow injury. "I love competing in front of the passionate Chinese fans and I look forward to coming back to Beijing in the future".

The 6-time victor in Beijing announced the decision on Wednesday.

The Scotsman has made a decision to play in Beijing, however, and can close the gap on Djokovic by 1,000 points if he wins the tournament.

Rafael Nadal serves during last year's Beijing final.

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