Novak Djokovic takes fight to Davis Cup over Olympic qualification criteria
Novak Djokovic is on a collision course with the ITF after setting out to diminish the appeal of the Davis Cup to top players.
Currently, tennis players are only eligible to play in the Olympics if they have embraced the Davis Cup.
Olympic hopefuls must be part of a nominated Davis Cup team and are present at the competition on three occasions with in the previous two years.
If a player has featured in at least 20 ties during their career, the requirement is reduced to two Davis Cup ties.
The same rule applies to the women’s tour.
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However, Djokovic appears to be trying to change all that and is in process of lobbying the top players for their support.
Appearing on the The Source Podcast, Kyle Edmund’s coach Fredrik Rosengren said: “Maybe it has nothing to do with the Davis Cup, but Kyle received an email from Djokovic last week.
“He (Djokovic) wants to boycott that particular rule.
“That shows he doesn’t want to play the Davis Cup in order to represent his country at the Olympic Games.”
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