Novak Djokovic is set to miss the Davis Cup qualifiers after not being nominated for the Serbia and Norway tie. Between 03-05 February, Serbia will be taking on Norway in an away tie. The date of the tie is very uncomfortable since it’s taking place just a few days after the Australian Open.
For the Serbia and Norway tie, Serbian Davis Cup team captain Viktor Troicki nominated Miomir Kecmanovic, Filip Krajinovic, Laslo Djere, Hamad Medjedovic and Nikola Cacic. Djokovic, who will be aiming to win a record 10th Australian Open title this January, elected to skip the Davis Cup tie.
Djokovic skipping the Davis Cup should not be a surprise
During the preseason, Serbian Davis Cup captain Troicki was asked about Djokovic’s availability for the Serbia and Norway tie.
At the time, Troicki couldn’t confirm Djokovic’s participation but also noted that Serbia has other quality players. “We hope that Novak will play in Melbourne until the end and therefore it remains to be seen if he will be able to be with us in Norway.
But we have a strong team and I expect the rest of the team to be ready. We are playing away, they have the third (ranked player) in the world, the others are not really quality players. That’s the first impression. It could have been better, but we have a chance against them, however, everything depends on what team we will have,” Troicki told Sport Klub in late November.
Meanwhile, Djokovic kicked off his 2023 season at the Adelaide International. In his first tournament back in Australia, Djokovic enjoyed a very warm reception. Now, he is hoping to get the same treatment when he arrives in Melbourne for the Australian Open.
At Melbourne Park, Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion. However, some fear Djokovic may not receive a very warm welcome after everything that happened 12 months ago. But one thing is for sure – going into this year’s Australian Open, Djokovic is considered as the top favorite to win the title.