13 Enero, 2018
"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said in a statement.
However, Djokovic is now set to face the likes of Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Marin Cilic at the Kooyong Classic and will join Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios at the Tie Break Tens event.
He pulled out of last week's Mubadala WTC exhibition in Abu Dhabi only hours before his match with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut when the pain in his right elbow flared up and also withdrew from the Qatar Open in Doha.
With his participation at the Australian Open in risk, the Serb confirmed on Facebook and on his website what Michal Samulski, member of International Tennis Writers Association, had written on Twitter.
"My coach and team always said 'only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way'".
Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will travel to Australia to test his long-standing elbow injury before deciding whether or not to play in the Australian Open.
The 36-year-old, who won last year's trophy while eight months pregnant, has played just one match since the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia.
"I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open".
"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.
Serena Williams will not defend her title at Melbourne Park this month after withdrawing from the Australian Open.
Djokovic has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.