Swedish No. 1 Robin Soderling has pulled out of his country’s quarterfinal tie against defending champions Serbia to be played in Halmstad on 8-10 July.
The world No. 5 has explained his reasons in a statement to the Swedish Tennis Association “When I grew up I always watched Davis Cup on TV and every time I had the privilege to play I have enjoyed it a lot and I feel proud when I represent my country. However, right now I am in the middle of an important part of my career and I have learned and respect my limitations. How much I want to play it´s not possible this time”
The twice French Open finalist has also mentioned “the intensive schedule, an aiming foot, and the overall physical and mental effort” as reasons for his absence.
Soderling had his Davis Cup debut in 2004 and has represented his country in ten different ties including two quarterfinals.
His absence will be a major setback for the Swedish team but it could also have a positive side as explained by its captain Thomas Enqvist “It is of course very disappointing not to have Robin in the team this time and it reduces our chances to reach the semi final. But Robin has always been loyal to Davis Cup duty and I see this as a one off event. At the same time, nothing bad without something good. Now we can really see where the other player stands and they will have the opportunity to play world class players at home”