World no. 1 Novak Djokovic will not lead Serbia at the upcoming ATP Cup in Sydney in the new season's opening week. The 20-time Major champion has officially withdrawn from the team event, despite some signals from Tennis Australia from the last couple of days.
At the moment, the entire tennis world is waiting for Novak's decision about the Australian Open, as we still know nothing about his vaccination or a possible medical exemption. Novak will spend more time at home in Belgrade and stay on the practice court at his tennis center, reportedly hitting with the Australian Open balls.
The organizers are also silent at the moment, and we should probably know more in the next five to ten days, as this becomes the main topic ahead of the Australian Open, where Novak has won nine titles.
Novak Djokovic will not compete at the ATP Cup ahead of the Australian Open.
Novak led Serbia towards the ATP Cup title in January 2020, playing on a high level and defeating all six singles rivals to lead his country towards the trophy.
Serbia defeated Spain in the title clash, and Djokovic toppled Rafael Nadal before winning the doubles encounter alongside Viktor Troicki. Serbia failed to defend the title in 2021, and they will stand no chance to fight for the second trophy from the next week, with none of their players competing at the required level at the moment.
Novak was a player to beat at Majors in 2021, winning 27 out of 28 matches and falling on the last step while chasing the first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969! The Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon crowns propelled Novak towards 20 Major trophies, writing history and joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the GOAT race.
Djokovic is the most decorated player at the Australian Open with nine trophies, winning the previous three events and standing as the favorite for another title alongside Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev if he shows up in Melbourne.
In this year's final, the Serb defeated Medvedev in straight sets, overcoming an injury and seven opponents to defend the crown and make a perfect start to the new season that would turn to be a special one for him.