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AAA  Jan. 3, 2018 2:08 PM ET
6-time champion Djokovic unsure of playing Australian Open
By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, Serbia's Novak Djokovic makes a backhand return to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Dkokovic is still not sure whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open, where has won six of his 12 major championships. Djokovic has been dealing with pain in his right elbow. A statement posted on his website Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017, says he will travel to Australia to participate in two exhibition events next week. After that, the statement says, "the decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season."(AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Novak Djokovic is still not sure whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open, where has won six of his 12 major championships.

Djokovic has been dealing with pain in his right elbow. A statement posted Wednesday on his website says he will travel to Australia to participate in two exhibition events next week.

After that, the statement says, "the decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season."

Djokovic, who is right-handed, cited the elbow problem on Dec. 30, when he withdrew from this week's Qatar Open, a hard-court tuneup tournament for the Australian Open.

That was supposed to be the 30-year-old Serb's final competitive preparation before play begins in Melbourne on Jan. 15.

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