Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic will not be featuring in next week’s China Open at Beijing due to an elbow injury.
The Serbian tennis star, who has won six times at Beijing last played at the US Open, where Stan Wawrinka beat him in the finals.
Djokovic is next scheduled to play at the Shanghai Masters from 10 October.
“I am extremely disappointed not to be able to compete at the China Open this year,” said the Australian and French Open champion.
“I’m still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play until my condition improves.
“I will continue with my rehabilitation and hope to be able to return to the ATP Tour as soon as possible.”
Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Angelique Kerber are among those scheduled to feature in the combined ATP/WTA event in Beijing.