Alexander Zverev announces Davis Cup boycott in angry rant over “crazy” decision

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Alexander Zverev will not play in the revamped 2019 Davis Cup, he has confirmed.

The world number five believes the decision to change and reschedule the tournament is unfair on players and has essentially announced a boycott – and he doesn’t expect to be the only one.

“In November I do not want to play tennis anymore,” the world number five said, speaking at the Shanghai Masters after beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.

“I think all the top guys will say the same thing. We have one and a half months off in our season, and that’s end of November and December.

“Making a tournament end of November which is 10 days playing and competing, it’s crazy.

“By the end of the year we are all tired.

“For us as top players, we had discussions, we had talks with the ATP how to make the season shorter, and not longer.

“No, it’s not happening (playing in November 2019) and I guarantee you I will not be the only one.”

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