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“I’m sorry, but this is the right thing to do” – Roger Federer quits ATP Cup

Roger Federer has caused a stir by confirming he has pulled out of the ATP Cup in January – and Switzerland must go with him.

Qualification for the inaugural tournament is determined by the world ranking of their top team member.

Stan Wawrinka, the world number 16, would be high enough to step into the breach and protect Switzerland’s place at the event, but he is ‘contractually obliged’ to be elsewhere that week.

“It is with great regret that I am withdrawing from the inaugural ATP Cup event,” the Federer confirmed in a statement.

“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.”

Federer was due to play Andy Murray – who used his protected ranking to get Great Britain into the tournament – in a singles match.

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