Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Cup amid

World number one Novak Djokovic has retired from the ATP Cup team in Serbia. Uncertainty remains as to whether the 34-year-old will compete at the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 17.

All Australian Open 2022 players and staff must be vaccinated or have a medical exemption granted by an independent panel of experts. However, defending champion Djokovic has not spoken publicly about his vaccination status.

The nine-time Australian Open winner has been replaced by world number 33 Dusan Lajovic for Serbia in the 16-country ATP Cup, which kicks off in Sydney on Saturday. Austria has been replaced by France in the event following the withdrawal of Dominic Thiem, in 15th place, and Dennis Novak.

Djokovic, who defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 final to claim a record-setting ninth Australian Open men’s singles title, is on the entry list for the first Grand Slam of 2022.

Meanwhile, former US Open champion Sam Stosur has announced that the Australian Open will be the final tournament of her individual career. The 37-year-old Australian will continue to play doubles in 2022 following what will be her 20th Australian Open and 69th Grand Slam singles appearance.

It really means a lot to me to be able to finish in front of my Australian family, friends and fans who have supported me through thick and thin,” Stosur said. I’m sure it’s going to be a mixed bag of emotions, but I wouldn’t want it any other way as I always thought I’d end up playing in Australia. However, I plan to play the rest of the year in doubles, but this will close the first chapter of my career “.

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