Novak Djokovic: ATP World Team Cup team captain plans for return

Novak Djokovic has already lost eight ATP titles this year

Novak Djokovic will be part of Serbia’s team for the ATP’s proposed 2022 World Team Cup in Sydney, says his country’s team captain Dusan Lajovic.

The five-time Grand Slam champion, 30, has not played for Serbia since Wimbledon in July after his elbow surgery.

Lajovic says the former world number one is “on his way back” and named him in the squad for next month’s Davis Cup tie against Kazakhstan.

The 2011 world number one had surgery in September.

Djokovic has not won a title this year, losing eight ATP titles.

“Novak is still looking for the strongest tennis and, more importantly, still needs to improve his form,” Lajovic said.

“Now that he is back in an area he enjoys, he can start working on his game again and we can go in the right direction.”

The Laver Cup will be held for the first time this weekend at the All England Club, with the leading eight players from each of the men’s tours and four women divided into two teams of three, which are to play six matches in London over two days.

That prompted doubles specialist Lajovic to compare the concept to the famed Ryder Cup team events.

“If you look at the Laver Cup and the Ryder Cup there are two different series,” said Lajovic.

“I think in the Ryder Cup matches are five points and doubles matches are four points so there are the same number of points.

“If you think about the Laver Cup, five points is five matches, singles, doubles and relegation. With this theory you might have to wait for 20 years and play in Tokyo.”

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