World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has decided to skip the ATP Cup, per Jelena Medic of Blic.
Per @jjmedic89, Novak Djokovic is not playing in the ATP Cup.
“Novak is not going to ATP Cup. He is practicing, but he’s decided to skip that competition”, said source close to Djokovic.
— Saša Ozmo (@ozmo_sasa) December 25, 2021.
Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, led Serbia to winning the inaugural ATP Cup in 2020. Djokovic partiicpated at this year’s ATP Cup as well but Serbia failed to defend their title.
Following Serbia’s exit at the Davis Cup Finals, Djokovic said he would soon inform public about his decision regarding Australia. “I understand you want some answers on where I start the season, how I start it. I’m really, really tired from this season and this whole year, so I just prefer sticking to the family quality time, rehab mode, then let’s see what the future brings,” Djokovic said after the Davis Cup Finals.
“You will be informed. I know what you want. I’m not going to give you an answer tonight. I know what you want to ask me. But you will be informed. That’s all I can tell you. I cannot give you any date. Obviously Australia is around the corner, so you will know very soon.”
Djokovic signed up for the ATP Cup, Australian Open
Djokovic didn’t make any statements folllowing the Davis Cup but days later he signed up for the ATP Cup and Australian Open. Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge thought Djokovic signing up for the ATP Cup was a good indication that the Serb would play the Australian Open.
“He had the choice to enter or not enter so he’s put his name on the entry list and that means you’ve got to believe that he’s coming all the way through the summer,” Woodbridge 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.
“That’s good for tennis, for Novak fans they’ll be rejoicing, and I think also for the Sydney fans. “He knows all the government regulations about the vaccination, so that means, you would think, that he’s on top of it unless he pulls something that we’re not expecting.”