Roger Federer withdraws from inaugural ATP Cup to spend more time with family
Federer's withdrawal, combined with Stan Wawrinka's absence, means Switzerland can no longer take part in the nation-based event
Roger Federer has announced he will no longer be playing in the inaugural ATP Cup in January, instead opting to spend more time with his family at the start of the new season.
Federer's withdrawal, combined with Stan Wawrinka's absence, means Switzerland can no longer take part in the nation-based event, taking place January 3-12, and that six more countries will now qualify, based on the world rankings of their top players.
"It is with great regret that I am withdrawing from the inaugural ATP Cup event," Federer, who is currently ranked No 3 in the world, said in a statement.
"After much discussion with both my family and my team about the year ahead, I have decided that the extra two weeks at home will be beneficial for both my family and my tennis.
"It pains me to not be a part of the most exciting new event on the calendar, but this is the right thing to do if I want to continue to play for a longer period of time on the ATP Tour."
The $15 million dollar ATP Cup will be hosted in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.
Eighteen countries qualified for the tournament after a first round deadline in September, with hosts Australia given a wildcard spot. The six additional nations will be added after the second entry deadline on Nov. 13.
Qualification is determined by the singles ranking of a nation's best player, and a country can only qualify if it has three players with an official ATP ranking, with at least two of them being singles rankings.
The countries will play in six groups of four during group stage, round-robin play, with the group winners and the two best second-placed finishers across the groups reaching the ATP Cup Finals in Sydney.
Each tie comprises two singles and one doubles match.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and world No 2 Rafa Nadal have confirmed they will play, as has former world No 1 Andy Murray.
Updated: October 30, 2019 02:27 PM