In a significant development for Italy’s Davis Cup team, it appears that Jannik Sinner is on the verge of announcing his withdrawal from the September matches. The absence of the injured Matthew Berrettini has also been widely anticipated. Captain Volandri is expected to enlist Sonego and Arnaldi as replacements, both of whom are prepared to step in if needed.
The Davis Cup, a coveted event for tennis players worldwide, has faced challenges in recent years due to its proximity to other major tournaments. The upcoming Davis Cup matches in September will be hosted by Italy, with Bologna serving as the venue. However, there is a looming possibility that Captain Volandri may have to navigate these matches without star players such as Jannik Sinner and Matthew Berrettini.
While the draw for the Davis Cup appears favorable for Italy, as they are grouped with Sweden, Chile, and a Canada team in a weakened state, the country has grappled with arriving at the competition in optimal conditions in recent years despite its strong player roster.
Matthew Berrettini’s absence is confirmed due to an ankle injury sustained during the US Open, and Jannik Sinner, who experienced physical issues during the tournament, might opt to skip the Bolognese engagement to prioritize rest and preparation for the upcoming season finale.
Sinner’s recent defeat against Zverev at the US Open was a hard-fought battle that took a toll on him physically. Cramps in the third set added to his challenges, and he left the court with visible emotions. Although he expressed his commitment to the Davis Cup after the match, the possibility of him withdrawing remains. Sinner’s focus is on recuperating and preparing for the exciting season finale, with Davis Cup qualification within reach.
In the absence of Sinner, Matteo Arnaldi has been put on standby. Arnaldi, who had an impressive run at the US Open, reaching the quarterfinals, is having an exceptional year.
Lorenzo Sonego, serving as a luxury reserve, is likely to be called upon once again. The Italian Davis Cup team will also include Musetti, Bolelli, and Fognini, who will participate in the doubles event.
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