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Djokovic will miss the rest of 2017 season

Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the tennis season with a persistent elbow injury and has announced that Andre Agassi has agreed to remain part of his team next year. After 12 months of upheaval on and off the court, speculation had mounted that Djokovic would take an extended break from tennis in order to recover from the right elbow injury that forced him to retire during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych. But while the 30-year-old's decision to listen to medical advice means he will be absent from next month's US Open, the world No4 vowed to return stronger than ever and expressed his happiness that Agassi will continue to coach him in 2018.

"I will take this time to heal and do all the different suggested methods of rehabilitation and healing processes so I can get back on the court as soon as possible," Djokovic said. "It will take a couple of months at least without a racket and I hope after that I can start to train. I'm looking forward to building my body and my game and my team. "I'm happy to share that Andre Agassi is committed to stay with me next year. I want to thank Andre for being with me this year and sharing his experience and wisdom."

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