A significant blow to the Serbian Davis Cup team was revealed as the team’s No. 2 singles player Janko Tipsarevic announced that he is currently healing from a chronic heel injury and could potentially be forced to withdraw from the Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic this weekend. The Serbian team is looking for their second ever Davis Cup title after winning their first on home soil three years ago.
“I’m still in the recovery process,” admitted Tipsarevic at the pre-draw press conference on Wednesday. “It’s not been a great couple of weeks for me. I tried practising a little bit without any pain but hopefully we will sit down tonight and make a final decision whether or not I am going to play and what is going to happen.
“It’s not a definite no or a definite yes. We will know by the day’s end.”
There are plenty of options available if Tipsarevic is unable to compete. Filip Krajinovic, Boris Pashanski, Ilija Bozoljac and Dusan Lajovic joined Djokovic, Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic at Wednesday’s press conference and all await the opportunity to take the second singles spot.
“I have a feeling that if there is a chance for me to play in any of the three matches then I will be in the team,” Tipsarevic added. “This is something which is going to be revealed very soon. We still have one day to make a final decision and we have a lot of different options to choose from.”
World No. 117 Lajovic appears to be the most likely candidate to fill the void.
“We have all been practising for the last few days in the arena and working hard,” added Lajovic, when asked if he was ready to fill the second singles spot. “At the end of the year we’ve all had some good results and I think the captain will choose the best option for singles and doubles.”