LONDON (Reuters) – World primary Novak Djokovic says he nonetheless doesn’t know whether or not the ATP Cup will happen in Australia in January.
Djokovic led Serbia to the title within the first version of the 24-nation match this 12 months earlier than happening to win the Australian Open for a record-extending eighth time.
Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley has mentioned all of the Australian Open warm-up occasions, together with the ATP Cup, will likely be held within the state of Victoria subsequent 12 months in mild of the COVID-19 pandemic, though state premier Daniel Andrews mentioned that’s “not a executed deal”.
Gamers must bear a two-week quarantine interval earlier than being cleared to play in Australia forward of the Melbourne Grand Slam, posing logistical issues as they must arrive within the nation far sooner than common.
Requested in regards to the scenario after his 6-3 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman in his first match on the ATP Finals on Monday, Djokovic mentioned it was difficult.
“We do not know whether or not ATP Cup is going on. We heard some rumours there may be eight groups solely,” he mentioned.
“Clearly you need issues to be very best, however what is right in these circumstances? We actually do not know. So I feel it is out of our attain. Additionally Tennis Australia has to observe what the Australian authorities is regulating and proposing them to do.”
This 12 months’s ATP Cup was staged throughout Brisbane, Perth and Sydney with the ultimate in Sydney.
Underneath the brand new plan, that will be inconceivable with gamers restricted to Victoria the place they are going to be free to maneuver round as soon as they’ve accomplished a two-week quarantine.
“From what I’ve heard the most recent information from Tennis Australia is that the Australian Open and the remainder of the tournaments will likely be held in Victoria state, largely Melbourne and round Melbourne,” Djokovic mentioned.
“I hope that it’s going to occur. I wish to play in Australia, Australian Open. I am unsure in regards to the ATP Cup and the tournaments earlier than, as a result of clearly you need to go away
fairly upfront, I feel two-and-a-half or three weeks previous to the primary match,” Djokovic mentioned.
“I am simply hoping for the sake of tennis and sake of gamers that we’ll have Australian Open and likewise chance of ATP Cup and couple extra tournaments at the least.”
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