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October 11, 2018

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Zverev won’t play 2019 Davis Cup

SHANGHAI: Alexander Zverev said on Wednesday that he will not play in the new-format Davis Cup finals in November 2019 because he needs the time off, calling the scheduling “crazy”. The 21-year-old German, regarded as one of the finest prospects in tennis, said that he expects other high-ranking players to follow suit. “Because in November I do not want to play tennis anymore,” the world number five said, speaking at the Shanghai Masters after beating Georgia’s hard-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili. The finals of the Davis Cup, the venerable men’s team tennis event, will take place in Madrid in 2019 and 2020 for a week at the end of the season. Many top players have skipped the Davis Cup in recent years to ease their schedule, and Zverev expects that trend to continue even with the new format, which was supposed to attract more of the star names.

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