Roger Federer regrets having to backflip on coming to Sydney for the inaugural ATP Cup however the Swiss tennis nice says the state of affairs was unavoidable.
Federer final month introduced he had withdrawn from the staff event happening in three Australian cities throughout the primary week of January, letting down followers who had paid lots of for tickets.
Switzerland had been named to play in Sydney however had been pulled out of the occasion after the drawcard star’s resolution.
Explaining forward of the ATP Finals in London why he determined to not play within the ATP Cup, Federer mentioned the unique name to play needed to come sooner than he had hoped – after Wimbledon in July.
Having locked in a number of exhibition dates for the top of 2019, he labored the Cup into his schedule for 2020.
However in October, Federer’s announcement that he would play within the Tokyo 2020 Olympics drove problems.
“For me it was at all times a logical resolution to play the primary week (of the brand new season),” he mentioned.
“The South American exhibition tour was already lengthy in scheduling, one thing I wished to do for a very long time.
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“I could not do it due to my knee, I could not do it due to the start of my kids, I could not do it the yr after or three years after as a result of it was simply an excessive amount of.
“South America had precedence for me to be fairly sincere however ATP Cup, too, to play the primary week. However then after I realised Stan (Wawrinka) wasn’t going to play (for Switzerland within the ATP Cup), the household wasn’t going to journey to Sydney…
“Truthfully I mentioned I would moderately be residence with the household and take it straightforward, practice some extra and make the precedence the Australian Open and the World Tour Finals.
“Usually I do not take these sorts of choices like this however I sort of received into that state of affairs as a result of I needed to decide after Wimbledon.
“And truly it was additionally a bit linked – you would possibly assume it is a joke however it’s not – by asserting the Olympics, the household (spouse Mirka and their 4 kids) was at all times going to journey to Japan.
“However with my spouse, we tried to essentially provide you with a superb schedule for the kiddies. On the finish we weren’t able to do (all of the journey). We wished to be in the identical place for a very long time.”
One other much-anticipated exhibition match – this one in opposition to Rafael Nadal after the Australian Open – additionally performed its half, regardless of Federer’s preliminary willingness to play within the ATP Cup.
“Having the dream match with Rafa in South Africa on February 7, one which I have been attempting to get a date with Rafa the final two or three years,” the 20-time grand slam champion mentioned.
“It was at all times going to be a precedence for me as properly. And one thing simply needed to give and that was the ATP Cup, which I simply felt I used to be going to be very proud of taking part in, (it) simply wasn’t at that stage of significance for me.”
Lately Federer had taken half within the Hopman Cup previous to the Australian Open, however that event was axed for the ATP Cup.
His resolution to withdraw from taking part in in Sydney means he’ll head into the primary grand slam of the yr with out an occasion underneath his belt.