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Jannik Sinner has justified his decision not to play in the Davis Cup. © ANSA / WILL OLIVER

After cancellation: Sinner puts off Tennis Italy

Just two days after his round of 16 exit at the US Open, Jannik Sinner is once again a topic of conversation. This time, however, without a bat or felt ball in his hand.

Sinner was on everyone's lips in tennis Italy throughout Thursday, as there were rumors about his possible Davis Cup cancellation (SportNews reported). Now it's official: Italy's currently by far best tennis player will not play the intermediate round of the national tournament next week in Bologna.

Decisions of this kind are making waves in the boot state, which has been crazy about tennis for years. And so Sinner is once again exposed to harsh criticism - especially online. The 22-year-old explains his decision soberly and objectively via his Twitter channel: “Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to recover after the tournaments in America. That's why I can't join the team in Bologna." He adds reassuringly: "For me, it's always a great honor to play for the national team and I'm convinced that I'll be back on board soon."

“I didn’t have enough time to recover.” Jannik Sinner

The Italian Tennis Association unsurprisingly turned up its nose at the threatened cancellation, they said Journal of Sport. Both the association and Sinner himself intend to contest the final round in Malaga together with the best possible team.

Berrettini will probably also fit

However, whether this will happen at all remains to be seen in Bologna. In addition to Sinner, the ailing Matteo Berrettini is also expected to withdraw. Lorenzo Sonego and Matteo Arnaldi, who is so strong in New York, will probably step in against Canada, Chile and Sweden.

Sinner had an epic battle with Alexander Zverev in the round of 16 of the US Open, at the end of which he Plagued by physical problems, they lost 4:6, 6:3, 2:6, 6:4, 3:6. Now the young South Tyrolean's focus is on the next tournaments and the final qualification for the ATP finals in Turin next autumn.

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