In a surprising turn of events, it appears several players have turned down the second alternate spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals this season.
The alternate spot is one that is given to a player to replace an injured player in the round robin stage of the event. Nevertheless, after Ferrer accepted the first alternate spot, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ernests Gulbis all rejected the offering from the ATP World Tour.
Following his third round loss to Andy Murray at the Paris Bercy, Dimitrov was asked whether he would join the elite eight in London as an alternate. His response surprised many:
“If I go, it is because I deserved to be there, not hope someone gets hurt so I get to play,” he told L’Equipe. “So no, I don’t think it’s my thing.”
Rogers Cup champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also rejected a second alternate spot in the World Tour Finals, although his reasoning was far more sound that Dimitrov’s. The Frenchman explained that he preferred to focus solely on the Davis Cup Final, which will be contested immediately following the conclusion of the year-end championships.
And finally, Ernests Gulbis rejected the second alternate spot due to suffering shoulder injury injury that forced him out of Bercy. Having never qualified for the prestisgious event, he concluded his season with a straight sets loss to 17-year-old Borna Coric in Basel.
World No. 14 Feliciano Lopez will replace them as the second alternate at the event.