Organisers of the ATP Cup have confirmed through social media that Roger Federer has withdrawn from the event due to family reasons, and that Switzerland as a country has also withdrawn, despite being qualified at the first entry deadline. The ATP Cup will open next year’s season in Australia, and will be played in January, with two four team groups in Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth. The Swiss team were drawn into the same group as Belgium, Britain, and another nation.
The 20 time grand Slam winner’s latest decision means that his country will no longer be able to participate in the 24 team event. An extra team will now be able to qualify fro the event, which has a final line up that has been confirmed for the start of November. 38-year-old Federer stated that it had been a difficult decision to pull out of the event, but that he is looking forward to taking part in the Australian Open later in that same month.
Talking to reporters, the player said that it pains me to not be part of one of the most exciting new events on the sporting calendar, but that it was the right thing for him to do if he wants to continue to player for a longer period of time on the ATP Tour. This comes after the player withdrew from the Paris Masters in order to prepare for the ATP Final in London.
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