Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Alexander Zverev, and Others Who are Missing Davis Cup Finals 2021

Published 11/22/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal walks off the court after losing his quarter final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Sergio Perez


It is finally time for the Davis Cup Finals 2021. Even though the likes of Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal will not be featuring this year, World No.1 Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will headline at the tournament.

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The Davis Cup Finals 2021 will begin on November 25, 2021 and will extend till December 5, 2021. 18 teams are playing at the tournament but unfortunately, many big names will miss it this year. Here is a list of them-

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Rafael Nadal

Nadal has already ended his 2021 tennis season because of a foot injury. He is undergoing his recovery process at the moment and Team Spain will miss their biggest tennis legend at the Davis Cup Finals this year. They are the defending champions and as a result, there will be huge responsibly on the rest of the squad members to deliver in the absence of the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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Andy Murray

Even though there were speculations that Murray might join Team Great Britain since there was a vacant position, it doesn’t look like the case anymore. The team recently announced the fifth member of their squad and Murray failed to grab a position on the team.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after a miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Zverev

The ATP Finals 2021 winner Zverev already told a month back that the ATP Finals will be the last tournament of the year for him. He has played around 60 matches in the 2021 season and now needs some rest. As a result, the World No.3 player will not be featuring at the Davis Cup Finals 2021 for Team Germany.

Sep 4, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany hits to Jack Sock of the USA. Day six of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Matteo Berrettini

After injuring himself at the ATP Finals 2021 during his match against Alexander Zverev, Berrettini will not be a part of Team Italy at the Davis Cup Finals 2021. The team recently announced its new member, but fans hope that Berrettini returns to the court quickly.

Tennis – ATP Tour Finals – Turin, Italy – November 14, 2021. Italy’s Matteo Berrettini reacts after sustaining an injury and retiring from his group stage match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Dominic Thiem

Thiem last played a tennis match at the Mallorca Open 2021 where he injured his wrist. The Austrian great hasn’t returned to the court ever since then and even though he is recovering, he will be featuring for Team Austria at the Davis Cup 2021 Finals.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021. Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios hasn’t played professional tennis since the US Open 2021. There were rumors he might represent Team Australia at the Davis Cup 2021, but those came to be false since he is clearly not interested in playing any more tennis this season.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; What appears to be hair dye drips down the forehead of Nick Kyrgios of Australia in his first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Felix Auger-Aliassime

The biggest setback for Team Canada and for the Davis Cup Finals 2021 has been the withdrawal of star player Felix Auger-Aliassime. The Canadian was a part of the squad but recently decided to withdraw from it. Interestingly, he played a key role when his team ended up as the runners-up of the tournament in 2019.

Denis Shapovalov

Another sad news for Team Canada came when Felix’s close friend, Shapovalov, also decided not to play at the Davis Cup Finals 2021. Thus, the tournament has suddenly become a lot tougher for the Canadian players.

Aug 11, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Denis Shapovalov of Canada returns a ball to Frances Tiafoe of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Gael Monfils

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Monfils was not the part of the French squad that was announced at the very beginning. However, the team’s coach gave some hopes by saying that he might include Monfils later. However, the ‘later’ never came and therefore, the Frenchman will not be playing at the tournament this year.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021. France’s Gael Monfils before his first round match against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Fans will surely miss these big names at the Davis Cup Finals this year. Which team will emerge as the winner of the tournament?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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