Davis Cup is getting closer and the first withdrawals come. Tomas Berdych has already announced that he won't play the World Group play-offs tie against Netherlands that will take place from 15 to 17 September on indoor clay-court in Zuiderpark, away from home.
At the moment Berdych is fully focusing on his singles career and he will play three tournaments in the Asian swing - Shenzhen, Pechino and Shanghai - trying to qualify for ATP Finals in London. He is 11th in the ATP Race but he has good chances as Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic who are ahead of him are injured.
'Playing that event is already a success and for how many years will I have the chance to do it?', said Berdych, who is not motivated by playing the best World team competition anymore. 'We already gave our best.
I could give my farewell to Davis Cup (next year) in front of my crowd, maybe if Radek Stepanek (who has back issues) will play too.' In Czech Republic there was already much criticism as the 31-year-old will play Rod Laver Cup exhibition from 22 to 24 September.
Berdych, who was very motivated by the high appearance fee, has no regrets: 'Who wants to criticize, does it always. I make my own schedule and I don't need to apologize.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'I'd not like to face Federer in the semi-finals' .