Novak Djokovic to play Kooyong Classic and TieBreak Tens

Serena Williams calls Nastase's 'chocolate or milk' comment racist

Serena Williams calls Nastase's 'chocolate or milk' comment racist

"My coach and team always said 'only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way'".

The Serbian is now due to contest both the Tie Break Tens at Melbourne Park on January 10, and the Kooyong Classic, an invitational competition staged at the former home of the Australian Open.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said.

According to a statement on Djokovic's website, a decision will be made about his participation in the first major of the year after the two warm-up events.

The Japanese 29-year-old, who has not played since August, said that he was not yet ready to compete over five sets.

Williams, whose grand slam tally is just one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court, said she was disappointed to withdraw but looked forward to returning in the future.

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.

"He wrote in the caption: "#australianopen on my way".

And the 31-year-old shared a picture of himself today at the Palma de Mallorca airport, preparing to fly out to Australia.

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are also in doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after withdrawing from the Brisbane International due to knee and hip issues respectively.

"I've been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the eleventh hour to make her final decision".

"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.

Djokovic has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.

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