Laaksonen loses ATP Cup spot following Federer’s withdrawal from the event

The big news is Roger Federer has pulled out of the ATP Cup which has seen Switzerland removed from the event however the news should have some focus on another player, Henri Laaksonen.

As Wawrinka was already confirmed for Qatar it meant that the number two for Switzerland at the first deadline was Henri Laaksonen but he has now lost his place.

Henri is ranked currently down at 105 in the world and this event can be a big stepping stone with big points and prize money on offer. Now the third ranked Swiss will not play and must reschedule the beginning of the season.

27 year old Laaksonen does play a lot of his tennis on the Challenger tour due to being ranked outside the top 100 and only reached a career high of 93 two years ago.

Because of his low ranking this was a chance to play some main draw matches on the tour having only played 82 during his career since turned pro in 2009.

Federer announced his decision on his Facebook page this morning citing his reason was to spend more time with his family.

It begs the question what is more important? Exhibitions or Tournaments?

Federer has at least 6 exhibition matches lined up across South America and Asia during the off season;

November 19th – Chile
November 20th – Argentina (v Del Potro)
November 22nd – Colombia
November 23rd – Mexico (v Zverev)
November 24th – Ecuador
December 27th-29th – China

Not giving himself much rest time so where do priorities lie? He did say a while back he does want to play in places he hasn’t played at near the end of his career but he would have known this at the first sign up.

Switzerland were in a Group with Great Britain and now two more sides will be announced for that group when the final teams are announced on the 13th of November.

Laaksonen had only featured in seven main events this year and spends a lot of time having to orchestrate through qualifying which looks likely if he were to go to Qatar instead.

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