The ATP Cup issued an official statement to announce the resignation of Serbian Novak Djokovic, number one in world tennis, who had planned to face the Spain of Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreño on the third day of group A.
The organization of the event framed in the series of competitions that precede the Australian Open neither did he emphasize his presence in the first big of the season Despite the recent words of the director Craig Tiley in which he assured that the Belgrade tennis player confirmed his enthusiasm for being present in Melbourne Park for another year despite the fact that he continues without revealing if 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 manager Dominic Thiem dropped off the Australian tour after failing to recover from his wrist injury in time. Nor will the Russians Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karatsev and Evgeny Donskoy, so the reigning champions led by Daniil Medvedev will hand over the favorites to Alexander Zverev’s Germany.