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  • Novak Djokovic holds his trophy after defeating Andy Murray in the men's singles final at the Australian Open 2016 (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (AP)
Head of Australian Open Craig Tiley confident that Serbian star will play at the first Grand Slam tournament in 2018 despite the elbow injury. He also believes that Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will overcome injury concerns and show up on the court at Melbourne Park. On the other side, Andy Murray definitely withdraw from AO due to an hip injury...
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By
Branko Cvetojevic

4 Jan 2018 - 11:12 PM  UPDATED 4 Jan 2018 - 11:14 PM

Novak Djokovic is on his way to Melbourne! Serbian tennis star will play at the Australian Open 2018, believes Melborune tournament director Craig Tiley. He is also  confident that Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will overcome injury concerns and show up on the court at Melbourne Park.

"Novak has signed to play the Tie Break Tens and he's also got some specific practice matches lined up at the Kooyong Classic", Tiley said.

Head of the Australian Open confirmed that he spoke with Djokovic in regards to six times champions participation in Melbourne. 

"Novak has already got every hour of the day planned from when he arrives until the start of the Open. So he'll be ready. The same is with Rafa Nadal, he'll will be ready," believes Craig Tiley.

Despite doubts and injury concerns, Djokovic will travel to Melbourne and take part at the Kooyong Classic (10/12 January) only days before the start of AO.

That has been confirmed on his official website. It's also quoted that Novak will also be making his appearance at the Tie Break Tens, an exhibion tennis event in Melbourne.

On the other side, Andy Murray confirmed on Thursday that he won't be ready for AO. The Briton has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to an ongoing hip problem.