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Tennis Update: Novak Djokovic Ready to Compete Again; Davis Cup Group Stage Rescheduled

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Djokovic Ready to Compete Again Davis Cup Group Stage Rescheduled

World number one Novak Djokovic has expressed readiness to play tennis again a month. This was after his deportation from Australia over coronavirus vaccination issues. His deportation prevents him from defending the Australian Open men’s singles crown. This allows Rafael Nadal to move ahead of the most Grand Slam tournaments won at 21. This is after winning the title over Daniil Medvedev. In an interview with Serbian media, Djokovic says such events are an added motivation to seek more glory. He still wants to play in big tournaments. However, he now knows that it will depend on the nations holding the tournaments. Novak Djokovic has also set his sights on playing in the Paris Olympics in 2024 and representing Serbia.

The Serbian netter knows that his stints will depend on the government’s Covid-19 vaccination rules. His stance on receiving an injection has remained the same. He rejects accusations of opposing vaccines. Djokovic expresses appreciation to those who support him during detention in Australia. The Serb will participate in an ATP 500 tournament in Dubai which will begin on Monday. The world number one’s appearance in the tennis competition in the Gulf emirate will make him the top favorite of sports oddsmakers that keep an eye on the sport.

Davis Cup Group Stages Moved to September, KO Rounds in November

Davis Cup organizers have announced that the group stage has been moved to September, with the knockout rounds to be played in November.

According to the International Tennis Federation, they decided to reset the date. This is after hearing the reactions from players about the heavy late-season schedule. ITF president David Haggerty pledged to retain the traditional elements and atmosphere of the Davis Cup. At the same time, they must also be responsible for the needs of nations, players, fans, and the game.

The organizers say that the group stage will take place on September 14-18. The knockout stages will happen on November 23-27. Four different cities will stage the group matches. Russia and Croatia are automatically qualified for this year’s Davis Cup while wildcards were given to Serbia and the United Kingdom. The qualification matches to decide which nations will secure the next 12 places will be held on March 4-5.

The Davis Cup Finals taking place in September will be good news for tennis fans who are fond of team tennis action. This is a perfect ending to the tennis season as the group stages will begin right after the United States Open, the fourth and last Grand Slam event of the year, and the knockout stages will be held after the 2022 ATP Finals. This also paves the way for the sport’s superstars to compete in the event without schedule conflicts and other kinds of stuff that could hamper a tennis player’s performance in a team competition. This also gives the ATP tennis betting enthusiasts an additional chance to watch exciting tennis while betting at their own homes.