Novak Djokovic is finally set to return to action next week after six months out with an elbow injury.

Depending on how this long-awaited comeback goes, the Serbian will then decide whether to take part in the January 15 to 28 Australian Open.

"After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is traveling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments,” the former world number one said in a statement on his personal website (www.novakdjokovic.com).

“After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times.”

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The 30-year-old Serbian is to return at the January 10 to 12 Kooyong Classic and is also scheduled to take part at the Tie Break Tens evening exhibition at Melbourne Park next Wednesday.

The former world number one, who won the last of his 12 grand slam honors when he captured his maiden French Open title in 2016, has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych with the injury in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.

He pulled out of the Abu Dhabi event last week only hours before his match with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut after the pain in his right elbow flared up.

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