Before attending the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the season, twelve world teams will play the 2021 ATP Cup. The event will be played from 1 to 5 February in Melbourne Park. After a long wait, the formations of the nations that will take the field have been formalized: compared to the past there is a change with only four players per nation, two mainly used for singles and two called primarily for doubles.
The best tennis players on the ATP circuit will participate in the event except Roger Federer, who was stopped due to an injury and also absent for the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic's Serbia defends the title and together with Rafael Nadal's Spain and Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev's Russia are on paper the favorite teams for the final victory.
Italy will do without Sinner, but will be able to count on Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini with Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori alongside them, both important players for the double. Novak Djokovic recently donated a state-of-the-art CT Scanner to a hospital in Belgrade.
The Serb was lauded by the Director of the Hospital as well as the Serbian Health Minister for his generous act.
Djokovic donated a state-of-the-art CT Scanner to a hospital
“On behalf of the Dragisa Misovic Clinical Hospital Centre, I thank Novak Djokovic’s family and Novak for this wonderful machine that will give future patients, when this evil of the crown (COVID-19) passes, a chance to receive quality oncology treatment.
Novak’s arrival means a lot more to us than this apparatus, because in this fight, in addition to the courage we have, we also need that energy, that winning mentality,” said Professor Dukic. Novak Djokovic on his part expressed his gratitude to his country's healthcare professionals for serving the nation during such testing times.
The Serb hopes that the CT Scanner will help ease the burden on the under-pressure hospital workers. "Thank you to all the health workers who have been working in extraordinary circumstances for almost ten months and are fighting for all of us," Djokovic said.
"With this pandemic, it has become clear to all of us how important it is to be ready and equipped for all challenges, and we hope that this scanner, as well as all other donated equipment, will make work easier for health workers and further strengthen our health institutions.
Dr. Loncar explained how the CT Scanner is pivotal to diagnose COVID patients, and thanked Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena for playing a part in the nation’s fight against the pandemic. "On behalf of the citizens of Serbia, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Novak and Jelena, and their effort, because they have really done a lot since the beginning of this crisis in order to overcome the consequences of the pandemic.
Thank you Novak for always being there, with his people, and for fighting together against the evil virus," said Dr. Loncar.