Calhoun Times

Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Cup in Sydney

- Field Level Media

Novak Djokovic pulled out of this week’s ATP Cup in Sydney, heightenin­g doubts about his participat­ion in the upcoming Australian Open.

“World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the 2022 ATP Cup,” event organizers announced Wednesday. “Team Serbia will now be led by world No. 33 Dusan Lajovic.”

Djokovic, 34, has declined to confirm his

COVID-19 vaccinatio­n status, prompting speculatio­n about whether he is planning to travel to Melbourne to defend his Australian Open title. Djokovic and members of his traveling party must be inoculated to enter Australia.

The nine-time Australian Open champion currently shares the men’s singles record with 20 Grand Slam titles, tied with rivals Roger Federer of Switzerlan­d and Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Action gets underway in Melbourne on Jan. 17.

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