Wawrinka: Davis Cup not priority for Federer

by: Matt Cronin December 16, 2012

Stanislas Wawrinka tells sport.ch that while he understands his compatriot Roger Federer’s decision not to play Switzerland’s 2013 first-round Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic, he is disappointed.

The 31-year-old Federer recently said that if he chose to play Davis Cup next year, he would have to drop more tournaments from his schedule. He will already be skipping the Masters tournament in Miami, which begins in mid-March.

“Roger has been saying for years that he wants to play the Davis Cup and it is important, but that’s apparently not the case,” Wawrinka said.

“It’s a shame how he interprets things to suit his own opinion. Davis Cup is not a priority for him at the moment.”

Federer did play two Davis Cup ties this year: Against the United States at home in the first round of the World Group (a loss), and against the Netherlands on the road in a World Group playoff (a win).

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