‘It pains me not to be part of it’ – Roger Federer drops ATP Finals bombshell

Roger Federer speaks to the media

Roger Federer, and consequently Switzerland, have dropped out of the inaugural ATP Cup in Sydney next year due to concerns over his scheduling.

Federer has carefully managed his schedule in recent years as he works to prolong his career as long as possible.

And, with the Olympic Games in Tokyo something Federer has publicly committed to playing, it appears that the ATP Cup is what has had to give way.

“It is with great regret that I am withdrawing from the inaugural ATP Cup event,” the 38-year-old confirmed.

“When I entered the event last month, it was a really difficult decision because it meant less time at home with the family and a fully intense start to the season.

“After much discussion with both my family and my team about the year ahead, I have decided that the extra two weeks at home will be beneficial for both my family and my tennis.

“It pains me to not be a part of the most exciting new event on the calendar. But this is the right thing to do if I want to continue to play for a longer period of time on the ATP Tour.

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“I am sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment my withdrawal may cause for the fans, but I hope you can understand why I made it.

“For my Australian fans, I look forward to seeing you all at the Australian Open, fresh and ready to go.”

Switzerland, who were in Great Britain’s group, only qualified for the tournament on the back of Federer’s world ranking, meaning they must also drop out of the event.

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