Novak Djokovic at the center of the sad announcement

Novak Djokovic is seen here with his son watching a basketball game.

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from Serbia’s upcoming Davis Cup matches due to personal reasons. Image: Getty

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the upcoming Davis Cup group stage matches in Serbia after giving “personal reasons” for his withdrawal.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion – who was he? barred from participating in the US Open because of his unvaccinated status – to travel to Spain for his country’s Davis Cup group games.

Serbia will face Spain, Korea and Canada in the team event but it has been confirmed that Djokovic will not participate.

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Serbia captain Viktor Troicki revealed that Djokovic had informed them of his decision, meaning the 35-year-old will not lead the team as they look to repeat their incredible triumph at the event in 2010.

“Nole (Djokovic) will not play for personal reasons. It’s his personal matter,” said Troicki.

“Easy, this time he will be unavailable but he will be included in the national team if we qualify for the finals in Malaga in November.”

Not long after the announcement, fans noticed that the 21-time major champion wore a bandage on his left wrist.

The news left tennis fans on social media devastated, with many hoping he wasn’t carrying an injury.

Novak Djokovic looks back on a challenging 2022

After winning his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, Djokovic admitted 2022 had been a difficult year but insisted there was still plenty of time in his career to score more goals and chase more records.

“Well, I mean, certainly this year hasn’t been the same as the last few years. It started the way it started and it definitely influenced me in the first few months of the year. I wasn’t feeling great in general. I mean, mentally, emotionally, I wasn’t in a good place,” he said.

“I wanted to play, but at the same time as I was walking onto the court in Dubai, it was the first tournament of the year, I just felt so much pressure and emotion. I didn’t feel on the pitch.

“It was then that I realized that it was going to take a while, that I had to be patient and that sooner or later I would get into the state, the optimal state, that I would like to be in.

“Historically, Wimbledon has always been at such important stages of my life and career. If I say Wimbledon as a tournament, then I win Wimbledon. A couple of times, I think it was 2018 when I started the year with elbow surgery, tried to work my way down the rankings, didn’t play well. This was the first Slam I won, which served as a stepping stone to eventual US Open victory, the 2019 Australian Open.

“It’s no coincidence that this place has such significance in my life and career. It’s also a relief considering what I’ve obviously been through this year. It naturally adds more value and more meaning and more emotion.

“I don’t feel like I’m in any real rush to end my career in a year or two or whatever. I just don’t think about it. I want to keep my body healthy because of course it is necessary to continue at this level. Of course I have to stay sane and motivated to compete with the young guns.”

Here Novak Djokovic watches a basketball game between his native country Serbia and Turkey in Istanbul.

Novak Djokovic watches a basketball game between his native Serbia and Turkey in Istanbul. Image: Getty

As well as being banned from the US Open, he missed the ATP 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year and has fallen from world No. 1 to No. 6 in recent months.

Djokovic’s next event will be the Laver Cup in September, where he will join Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray in Team Europe.

It was also recently announced that he will play the ATP 250 event in Tel Aviv, which will take place after the Laver Cup from September 26th.

The event in Tel Aviv has not been part of the ATP calendar since 1996, but was brought back by the men’s umbrella organization this year after the cancellation of the Chinese Swing.

Tel Aviv had an ATP event between 1978-1981 and 1983-1996 and will return this year after a 26-year hiatus.

Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem has also been announced as a participant, as have top stars Diego Schwartzman and Marin Cilic.

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