The ATP World Cup organizers announced on Wednesday that world number one Novak Djokovic will not participate in the tournament, raising doubts about his prospects for the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The League Cup organizers said today that Djokovic “withdrew” from the team championship, which begins next Saturday.
The reason for Djokovic’s withdrawal has not been announced, but the Serbian star has never revealed his status regarding taking the vaccine against the Corona virus, saying that it is a personal matter.
Also, Djokovic is still on the list of participants in the Australian Open, but only players who have received the vaccine will be allowed to participate.
If it is confirmed that Djokovic will participate in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17, he can also prepare to play a number of matches from January 10 in one of the Adelaide and Sydney tournaments.
Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times, and currently shares the record in the four Grand Slam tournaments with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with 20 titles each.
Federer will miss the Australian Open due to injury, while doubts remain about Nadal’s participation, after he was recently infected with the emerging Corona virus.
It was also announced today that France has replaced Austria after the withdrawal of Austrian star Dominic Thiem, former US Open champion, and Dennis Novak.
Dusan Lajovic will replace Djokovic in the Serbian team, while world number two Daniil Medvedev will lead the Russian team that is seeking to preserve the title despite the withdrawal of three players, including Andrei Rublev, who contracted the Corona virus.