ATP Cup without No. 1: Novak Djokovic dropped

The ATP Cup issued an official statement announcing the withdrawal of Serbian Novak Djokovic, world tennis number one, who was scheduled to face the Spain of Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreño Busta on the third day of group A.

The organization of the event framed in the series of competitions that precede the Australian Open did not emphasize their presence in the first big of the season either, despite recent words from director Craig Tiley in which he assured that the Belgrade tennis player confirmed him. His enthusiasm for being present in Melbourne Park for another year despite the fact that it remains to be revealed whether he has received the Covid-19 vaccine.

In the case of not having obtained the vaccine, his only hope to establish himself in Melbourne as the only tennis player in history to reach 21 Grand Slam titles will be that the Australian government grants him the exemption to travel to the country to which they can only apply people who for medical reasons cannot be vaccinated.

In the same statement, the competition announced the withdrawal of the Austrian team, which will be replaced by France, after its main representative Dominic Thiem left the Australian tour after failing to have recovered in time from his wrist injury.

Russians Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karatsev and Evgeny Donskoy will also be absent, so the reigning champions led by Daniil Medvedev will hand over the favorites to Alexander Zverev’s Germany.