Defending Davis Cup champion Czech Republic have been dealt a blow for next month’s quarter-final tie, as their top ranked competitor, Tomas Berdych, will be absent from the team.
Berdych, 28, stated that he intends on focusing on his singles activity this season, an added that he was overly tired attempting to juggle his Davis Cup duties as well. Now, after helping his country reach the quarter-finals, he will spend the rest of the season focusing on the ATP tour.
“In my last two years, I missed eight weeks for Davis Cup,” Berdych said. “You are dead to play a tournament or even prepare yourself. I think it would make sense and the players would really like to play if the Davis Cup was every two years. So my decision for the quarter-final [against Japan in Tokyo] is that I will not play, and I will definitely use the time for myself.”
“And really, if you want to chase the top guys and they don’t spend all the time playing Davis Cup, you will find out that you are missing a lot of weeks, which cost you a lot of energy, and in that run and chase of those top guys you are missing something.”
The Czech team will now consist of Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, Jiri Vesely and Jan Hajek.
The tie is scheduled to take place between April 4-6 at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.