LAST MINUTE: Novak Djokovic and Team Serbia to miss first edition of United Cup

Novak Djokovic and his compatriots on the Serbian national tennis team will not compete in the opening edition of the United Cup. In terms of context, a tournament is a mixed-gender event that aims to bring together the best of both genders at an international level. It’s scheduled to launch on December 29 this year and offers 18 places up for grabs. Unfortunately, 35-year-old Novak Djokovic, arguably one of the greatest players of all time, will not be in one of these positions.

Essentially, the United Cup will be held in Australia, where 3 cities – Brisbane, Sydney and Perth – act as co-hosts. The Serbian, whose ban on participation in the Australian Open has finally been lifted, will be seen in the second half of January trying to win his 22nd slam in the country. However, Australia will not be playing with its nationals at the start of the tennis season.

The recently crowned ATP World Tour Finals champion is already hailed as the all-time favorite to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. However, his team is forced to miss the Unified Cup when they fail to secure one of the two remaining places. Had they qualified, the Serbian team would have faced 17 other nations in groups of five in threes at designated Australian grounds. Four of the top teams will qualify for the qualifying round, which is scheduled to take place between January 6 and 8, 2023.

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United Cup 2022: Qualifying Teams

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Bulgaria and Kazakhstan completed the roster of the competition. United Cup 2022Don’t grab the coveted spots. They will join the fight alongside Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, England, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

Bulgaria is part of Group A, which is scheduled to face France and Greece in Perth. Meanwhile, Brisbane will face Kazakhstan, Poland and Switzerland, which are in Group B in Kazakhstan.

Qualified countries were selected according to the following criteria: ATP Top 6 rankings, WTA Top 6 rankings and Top 6 from the combined rankings. Now, following the conclusion of the ATP Finals, where Djokovic scored a spectacular 6-time victory, equal to Roger Federer’s incredible success, the two final teams have been officially selected. And despite his success, Novak hasn’t closed a place for Serbia.

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