'Novak Djokovic has been an absolute stalwart of...', says minister
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3024
After more than 100 years of history, the Davis Cup has completely changed skin thanks to the revolution pursued by the Kosmos Group of Gerard Piquè. The new format, used for the first time in 2019, has effectively eliminated the famous weekends dedicated to the most important team event and opted for the Final Phases characterized by 6 groups, the outcome of which determines the teams that gain access to the quarterfinals.
of final. This choice has sparked adverse reactions within the major circuit and there are several players who have decided not to take part in Davis in 2019. One of these is Alexander Zverev, who on more than one occasion has attacked Piquè.
In fact, this year too, the German will not participate in the tournament and will not represent his country. "The format needs to be changed, I'm someone who keeps my word. I haven't played for Davis for over two years and I won't be there for this season either.
I want to win the Davis Cup in the future, but I want to win the real Davis Cup and not a competition designed by someone outside of tennis,” Zverev explained in an interview with Kleine Zeitung. Germany will therefore not be able to count on the best player of the team.
This year, the German team will consist of Jan-Lennard Struff, Dominik Koepfer, Peter Gojowczyk, Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz. We recall that Germany was included in Group F together with Novak Djokovic's Serbia and Austria.
Novak Djokovic has remained tight-lipped about his vaccination status throughout the pandemic, which has led many to assume that the Serb is yet to be inoculated against COVID-19.
Djokovic’ll play in Paris
Australia's Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan believes it would be a "shame" if his government does not find a way to allow Novak Djokovic to take part in the 2022 Australian Open.
“We need to use common sense here,” Tehan said on Sunrise. “If we can bring players in – and especially the best players in the world – and they can do two weeks quarantine, it seems to me like a common-sense proposition." Tehan believes Novak Djokovic has been a "stalwart" of the Australian Open, which is why he should be allowed to defend his title in Melbourne provided he is willing to quarantine for the required period.
“Novak Djokovic has been an absolute stalwart of the Australian Open and one of the best players ever to play at the event," Tehan continued. “It would be a shame if we couldn’t find a way, especially if he was prepared to do two weeks of quarantine, for him to come and defend the outstanding record he has at the Australian Open," he added.