|Posted on March 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM|
The Czech Republic will use the same team that beat Italy in the Davis Cup first round last February
Djokovic not to appear in Prague Davis Cup clash
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
In a big blow to organizers but big boost for the Czech squad, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is out of the Serbian Davis Cup selection
World number one men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic will not play for Serbia in the Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in Prague.
The Serbian squad named on Tuesday for the tie running from April 6-8 in Prague does not include the star, in what will be a serious blow to organizers. Pre-sales of tickets for the event were reported to have been strong in anticipation that Djokovic, the main draw, would make an appearance for his country.
The Czech team named for the quarterfinals includes the top two players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek along with Lukáš Rosol and František Čermák. In the absence of Djokovic, the Serbian challenge will be led by Janko Tipsarevic, currently ranked number nine on the WTA ladder, his highest ever placing.
While a downer for the fans who have already booked their places at Prague’s O2 arena, Djokovic’s no show should give the Czechs an excellent opportunity to get past Serbia and into the semifinals of the world’s main men’s team tennis event. In the last round, the Czechs easily beat Italy 4:1.
A victory for the Czechs would be sweet revenge for the Davis Cup defeat against Serbia in 2010, when Djokovic helped his country overturn a 1:2 deficit early on a go on to win the tie.
Djokovic had earlier hinted that his participation in Prague was not certain, citing his heavy schedule of tournaments.