Tennis: Novak Djokovic forfeit ATP Cup, doubt still hangs over his participation in the Australian Open

Dusan Lajovic will lead the Serbian squad in the absence of the world number 1.

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World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who refuses to say whether or not he has been vaccinated against Covid-19, will not play the ATP Cup from January 1 to 9 in Sydney, organizers announced on Wednesday, December 29, reinforcing the uncertainty over the Serbian’s participation in the Australian Open.

“World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the ATP Cup 2022. The Serbian squad will now be led by world 33rd Dusan Lajovic”, said the organizers in a statement. Djokovic still leaves doubts about his participation in the Australian Open (January 17-30), a Grand Slam tournament that he has won nine times, including the last three editions.

Earlier today, Frenchman Benoit Paire announced that he had tested positive for Covid again. His participation in the Australian Open is uncertain. For Dominic Thiem on the other hand, his package is already recorded, the fault of a wrist injury.

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