2022 ATP Cup predictions: Withdrawals shake up draw

A HOST of late withdrawals has shaken up the 2022 ATP Cup, to the point of where there is a whole new nation competing in the tournament starting tomorrow. The final squad listings occured on Wednesday, and France has come into the tournament replacing Austria after Dennis Novak joined Dominic Thiem as withdrawals from the tournament. The French side will feature Ugo Humbert and Arthur Rinderknech in singles, and Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Fabrice Martin in doubles.

Russia was the hardest hit of the remaining sides, losing all of its depth in Andrey Rublev (COVID-19 positive), Aslan Karatsev and Evgeny Donskoy. It means Roman Safiullin will play second singles to Daniil Medvedev and mean the world number two will effectively have to play doubles in the three group matches. The United States also lost Austin Krajicek from its doubles combination, whilst world number one Novak Djokovic officially withdrew, leaving Dusan Lajovic as the nation’s top singles player.


Dusan Lajovic
Filip Krajinovic
Nikola Cacic
Matej Sabanov

Casper Ruud
Viktor Durasovic
Lukas Hellum-Lilleengen
Leyton Rivera
Andreja Petrovic

Cristian Garin
Alejandro Tabilo
Tomas Barrios Vera

Roberto Bautista Agut
Pablo Carreno Busta
Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Pedro Martinez


Daniil Medvedev
Roman Safiullin
Evgeny Karlovskiy

Matteo Berrettini
Jannik Sinner
Lorenzo Sonego
Simone Bolelli
Fabio Fognini

Australia (WC)
Alex de Minaur
James Duckworth
Max Purcell
John Peers
Luke Saville

Ugo Humbert
Arthur Rinderknech
Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Fabrice Martin


Alexander Zverev
Jan-Lennard Struff
Yannick Hanfmann
Kevin Krawietz
Tim Puetz

Felix Auger-Aliassime
Denis Shapovalov
Brayden Schnur
Steven Diez

Great Britain
Cameron Norrie
Daniel Evans
Liam Broady
Joe Salisbury
Jamie Murray 

United States
Taylor Fritz
John Isner
Brandon Nakashima
Rajeev Ram


Stefanos Tsitsipas
Michail Pervolarakis
Petros Tsitsipas
Markos Kalovelonis
Aristotelis Thanos

Hubert Hurkacz
Kamil Majchrzak
Kacper Zuk
Jan Zielinski
Szymon Walkow

Diego Schwartzman
Federico Delbonis
Federico Coria
Maximo Gonzalez
Andres Molteni

Nikoloz Basilashvili
Aleksandre Metreveli
Aleksandre Bakshi
Zura Tkemaladze
Saba Purtseladze


Coming into the ATP Cup, Russia was raging favourite for its depth, whilst Serbia looked likely to advance in Group A. Russia’s loss of three players from its side means Medvedev would need to single-handedly carry his nation over the line playing two matches every single tie to defend its title. Italy now goes likely though to the semi-finals, setting up a blockbuster clash with Germany who is tipped to advance in Group B. Though Great Britain and Canada are among the top contenders, both have landed in a group of death with Germany. With Djokovic out of the Serbian side, the advantage goes to Spain and should see the nation progress after missing out on the knockout stage of the Davis Cup. In Group D, Argentina has the depth to advance, with only really Tsitsipas putting together an outstanding tournament, likely to stop the South American nation advancing.

Winner: Germany
Runner-Up: Spain
Semi-finalists: Italy and Argentina

Dark horse: Great Britain

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