The Davis Cup finals, which bring together 18 teams in Innsbruck, Turin and Madrid in search of the precious salad bowl, will also have a good list of notable absences, including those of the Swiss Roger Federer, the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the Italian Marco Berrettini, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the German Alexander Zverev.
Rafael Nadal, winner of twenty Grand Slams and who has lifted the Davis Cup salad bowl five times, will not be in Madrid competing with Spain due to a left foot injury that has kept him inactive since the end of June. His absence from the national team has been covered by Carlos Alcaraz, who will be the focus of all eyes due to the meteoric progression he is having.
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The absence of Switzerland among the eighteen teams makes it impossible for Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, two of the best tennis players of recent years and winners of Davis in 2014, to participate, although the injuries from which both recover would have made it unfeasible. in any case, its presence in this final phase.
Neither will Austrian Dominic Thiem, who has not played since mid-June due to a right wrist injury from which he continues to recover, be injured. The same thing happens to the Canadian Milos Raonic, who is living a season to forget burdened by injuries.
Due to an abdominal injury that forced him to withdraw from the ATP Finals a few days ago, Italian Matteo Berrettini, number seven in the international ranking, will not be present.
For the same reason he will not fight to help Canada win the Felix Auger-Aliassime salad bowl, who has given up playing to recover well from an injury that has dragged on for weeks. His teammate Denis Shapovalov has also resigned, although in his case, claiming the need to rest after a demanding season.
Great Britain will be in the Davis Cup finals, but Andy Murray will not. The Scottish tennis player, who knows what it is to conquer the salad bowl after the triumph in 2015, has decided to renounce to participate alleging the need for rest after a very demanding season in which his best result was the final lost in the ATP tournament of Biella (Italy) in February.
The one who did want to be but will not play is the Frenchman Gael Monfils, 35, who has been renewed by team captain Sebastien Grosjean out of the squad.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who last week played the ATP finals in Turin, will not be on the list of participants as Greece is not among the eighteen teams that will fight for the salad bowl, as happens to the Norwegian Casper Ruud, the Polish Hubert Hurkacz and the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Nor is Argentina classified for this final phase, a country that lives with great fervor a competition that it won in 2016. Its absence means that Diego Schwartzman, thirteenth in the ATP world rankings, is not among the participants.
Like two years ago, the German Alexander Zverev has again decided that he will not play the Davis Cup by not sharing the new competition format.
«You have to change the format as it is. I am someone who keeps his word. I no longer played it two years ago and now I will do the same. I want to win the Davis Cup, but I want to win the Davis Cup of a lifetime, and not a tournament that has been agreed with someone outside of tennis, "said the German tennis player a few weeks ago to justify his decision.