Novak Djokovic has officially decided not to participate in the ATP Cup 2022, a team competition scheduled from 1 to 9 January in Sydney, and not to postpone his come back to the court. He therefore misses the first match of the 2022 season for the number one in the world, who a few days before the start of the event was still in doubt whether he had worn the Serbian shirt or not.
Tennis Australia has announced the retirement of the 34-year-old native of Belgrade: Dusan Lajovic will therefore be the best of his nation and the one who will lead the group, followed by Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic, Matej Sabanov.
With the absence of the winner of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021, Serbia's chances of victory in the tournament on ocean soil are significantly reduced. In the Davis Cup the country was led by Nole and managed to win the semifinals, then surrendering to Croatia.
The debut is set for Saturday 1 January with Casper Ruud's Norway. Then will follow the challenges with Chile and Spain, which will have Roberto Bautista Agut as number one. Before the start of 2022 the whole tennis world is eager to know news about Djokovic, who is not yet sure he can take part in the Australian tour and therefore in the first Grand Slam of the season (the Australian Open, an event in which he is the holder from three years of the title).
At the basis of the withdrawal from the ATP Cup, there is the impossibility at this time and with the rules currently established by the State of Victoria to be able to leave for Oceania, given that the attachment of the world number one to his is known.
nation, as well as the aspect that playing a competition before the Australian Open would have been very convenient for him. Djokovic continues to train in his Belgrade, fans and enthusiasts await news on his programming in January: in the last few hours a possible measure has sprung up that could be taken to allow the Serbian to arrive and play in Australia
"Sometimes Roger Federer seems to get bored on the court!" said...
Roger Federer has had to deal with injuries in the past two seasons.
The Swiss star played just 19 matches between 2020 and 2021, a statistic that speaks volumes about his physical difficulties. The former world number 1 has racked up nine wins and four defeats this year, modest haul for a legend of his caliber.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, before giving up what would have been his last Olympics. In fact, the King announced that he suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in the last 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is expected to return to the circuit in the summer of 2022. His presence at the Championships is highly doubtful, as Roger himself admitted a few weeks ago. During a long interview with ESPN Argentina, ATP number 13 Diego Schwartzman expressed his admiration for Federer.
The 40-year-old from Basel defeated 'El Peque' in all four head-to-head matches. Schwartzman said: "Roger Federer is a gentleman. He is perfect on the pitch and above all off the pitch, being endowed with a sympathy and a cheerfulness out of the ordinary.
I really hope that he never retires, that they make him play in a suit and tie as well. Although his public image of him is that of a serious and poised man, in the player area he is very witty with all of us. On the pitch he gives the impression of being bored at times, knowing that he can win as and when he wants.
When Roger is in shape, his level of play is totally unattainable. He has the largest repertoire of variations ever seen." Diego has great ambitions for 2022: "I want to stay close to the Top 10 next year. Sometimes it's a couple of matches that make a difference at those levels. A great deal of effort is required, but I can't wait for the season to start."