Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2022

Rafael Nadal among big names absent from Davis Cup rosters, Novak Djokovic leads Serbia

Novak Djokovic will be able to claim much of the Davis Cup group stage spotlight as none of Rafael Nadal, Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime or Nick Kyrgios are set to play in September. 

The next round of the ‘World Cup of Tennis’ takes place from 13-18th September in Bologna, Valencia, Hamburg and Glasgow. 

Rosters have now been announced for the competition, with Group B in Valencia seeing the highest profile absences. 

Spain will play without talisman Nadal, while Canada are without young guns Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov. 

Nevertheless, the hosts will boast world number four Carlos Alcaraz, Montreal Masters champion Pablo Carreno Busta and doubles world number six Marcel Granollers among its ranks. 

In place of Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov, 2019 finalists Canada will have Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau as their top two offerings.  

Also in Group B, Djokovic will head up Serbia in likely his first competitive action since Wimbledon

After much speculation to his participation, Kyrgios is not set to play for Australia in Group C in Hamburg, but Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell are. 

An injured Alexander Zverev hopes to return to action at the US Open and also to lead Germany at home in the Davis Cup as he heads their entry. 

Finally in Group D, hosts Great Britain include world number 11 Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray and doubles world number one Joe Salisbury, with a fifth player to be revealed at a later date.

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