Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz withdraw from ATP Cup 2022 »FirstSportz
With ATP Cup 2022 starting in 5 weeks, the Spanish team suffered a huge defeat like Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz prepare to skip the tournament in preparation for the 2022 Australian Open, keeping in mind their fitness. The Spanish team will also have to deal with the absence of Marcel Granollers, which means 2 out of 4 players of the 2020 tournament will not play.
As reported by Marca, with Alcaraz’s great sublimation in the 2021 season, the youngster was expected to feature in the 4-man squad for this year’s ATP Cup but with him having tested positive. right before Spain’s first game of the tournament Davis Cup Finals 2021, he has decided to skip the event that will start January 1 in Sydney.
The same goes for Nadal, who ended the season in August due to a leg injury who opted out to prepare for the Grand Slam that will begin a week after the ATP Cup final on January 9. Nadal is scheduled to play in a 3-day exhibition event at Mubadala Tennis World Championship 2021 But with Australia’s isolation policy, he decided to have a good rest for the Australian summer.
The Granollers have also pulled out US Open 2021 and played only 1 tournament after his doubles title at 2021 Cincinnati Masters, NS ATP Finals 2021 where he lost in the semi-finals. He has also decided to withdraw from the ATP Cup to recuperate well and have a well-rested body next year.
Spain won’t have Rafael Nadal for the first time in the ATP Cup
While Spain are yet to win the ATP Cup so far, they have a good track record in both tournaments. During the opening ceremony ATP Cup 2020, Spain finished as runners-up Novak Djokovicof Serbia. In the 2021 tournament, Spain lost in the semi-finals to the runners-up Italy.
With Nadal now gone this year, Roberto Bautista Agut and Olympic bronze medals Pablo Carreno Busta will now lead their country into next year’s tournament.
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https://firstsportz.com/tennis-rafael-nadal-and-carlos-alcaraz-withdraw-from-the-2022-atp-cup/ Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz withdraw from ATP Cup 2022 »FirstSportz