Novak Djokovic is preparing his comeback, stage 2. After withdrawing from Abu Dhabi and Doha due to a right elbow injury, the former world No. 1 announced, through his official website, that he will play two exhibition tournaments, which will be the decisive and final test to decide whether to play Australian Open.
Djokovic will be at the Kooyong Classic, which takes place from 10 to 12 January, making his second appearance thereafter reaching semifinals in 2010. He joins David Goffin, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Pablo Carreno Busta, Kevin Anderson, Richard Gasquet, Yoshihito Nishioka and Matthew Ebden in the field.
Djokovic could play up to three matches if he reaches the final, as the draw starts from quarters. The 12-time Grand Slam winner will also play the Tie Break Tens at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park on January 10 in the evening, joining Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt in the field.
Matches will last for one 10 point tie-break, and the winner takes $250,000. Just after that, he will make a decision about the first Grand Slam of the year. ALSO READ: Novak Djokovic wears bandage on his injured right elbow