Djokovic returns from injury and is set to play in Australian Open
Former world number one Novak Djokovic says he intends to play in the Australian Open “for now”.
The 30-year-old returned after six months out with an elbow injury to beat world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic.
The Serb, who retired in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July, said he was “very happy with how it went”.
When asked if he will play in the Grand Slam that starts next week, he added: “For now, I’m in the tournament.”
Djokovic, who has dropped to number 14 in the world, will be chasing a record seventh Australian Open title if he competes in the tournament, which begins on 15 January.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion said potential five-set matches in Melbourne hold some fitness concerns for him.
“There was a doubt, especially after I pulled out of the first week of the year,” he said.
“I don’t say I’m at 100%, I can only say that when I get the feel of a tournament.
“Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be.”