Friday, December 29: Novak Djokovic begins his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi against either Roberto Bautista Agut or Andrey Rublev. "Unfortunately, in the past few days I started to feel pain in the elbow and after several tests, my medical team has advised me not to risk anything, to withdraw from the tournament and to immediately continue with the therapies", Djokovic said, according to an official statement.
"But obviously it was unfortunate that Novak was not able to play and I was here so I agreed to play a set and obviously I am happy to be able to come out here and play in front of everyone". This will be the first time that women have taken part in the event and it is a huge honour to be part of that history after watching the tournament for many years.
After claiming her record-breaking 23rd Major title at the 2017 Australian Open, Williams was inactive as she went for a maternity leave before ending the year as the world number 23 despite playing just two tournaments throughout the year. The great man has not played competitive tennis for half a season, so Murray will not be hitting the panic button yet.
The 31-year-old Spaniard has not played since he withdrew from the season-ending World Tour Finals in London last month with a knee injury.
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En esa línea, la mandataria afirmó que "hubo un señor que una vez dijo que las mujeres no teníamos cerebro para las matemáticas, la física".
Between Djokovic and Murray-so similar in their career turns in the last two years-it now looks like the world No. 16 is in stronger shape and is turning towards competitive tennis to prove he is still a contender, even while building back up from his hip injury sabbatical.
Djokovic asserts that he intends to play at the 2018 Australian Open. But he arrived in the city Thursday, set to practice with some of the players in the event. 'I'm happy to play against him again.
However, Murray was glad for the time on court and is keen to keep improving with the Australian Open looming. I thought he struggled when Bautista Agut took the rally into his own hands and made Murray question his usually superior footwork and agility around the court.