Euphoria is the order of the day in China: the maestro is a guest. Roger Federer (38) waits in Hangzhou and thousands of fans flock to watch the Swiss superstar win in the battle against Alexander Zverev.
The fans in Australia would also like to do that: see Federer. But the Basel bidder will not compete in the ATP Cup, which will replace the Hopman Cup at the beginning of the year. Although he should have agreed.
Not everyone thinks that is funny. Because there was a deal, as the “ARD” reports: So that the ATP agreed to include the Laver Cup organized by Federers agency Team8 in the program for the premium date after the US Open, the Swiss should have committed to the ATP Playing cup.
Henman takes Federer’s rejection with humor
But then Federer just canceled. And behind the scenes, it should be rumbling. So far, there has been no crash, although there may have been considerations to target the Laver Cup. “You could start the Davis Cup there,” says Dominic Thiem’s manager Herwig Straka, ITF board member, on the “Tennisnet” portal. “But that would definitely mean war with Roger Federer.” And it doesn’t seem to want to get involved.
Others take Federer’s rejection with more humor. “I heard he retired when he found out that I was captain of Team Great Britain,” jokes Tim Henman. “Now we’re playing against Bulgaria.”
And the Swiss? That was explained in November. He would have loved to play the ATP Cup, he said. But the South America tour had priority, Stan Wawrinka’s cancellation should not have helped either. «And I would have been separated from my family for a long time. We weren’t ready for that. ”The 2020 Grand Slams and Olympia will have five intense highlights. (Red)
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