Ugo Humbert reacts to France replacing Austria at last moment at ATP Cup

French tennis star Ugo Humbert is excited about starting the season at the ATP Cup.

Humbert, ranked at No. 35 in the world, is set to make his debut at the ATP Cup. 

Austria was scheduled to play at the ATP Cup but they didn’t meet the criteria after Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak withdrew. 

The ATP Cup rules says a nation has to have at least one singles player ranked inside the top-250. 

France replaced Austria and they are set to battle Russia, Italy and Australia in Group B. 

“It’s unexpected to be here. But I was very happy to hear that I was going to be able to compete in this event and to be with these guys. Last year I watched this competition and really liked the atmosphere,” Humbert said, per We Love Tennis. 

Humbert skipped the Davis Cup Finals

Humbert was expected to end his 2021 season at the Davis Cup Finals but then he ended his season in October. 

“Last few months were demanding, I unfortunately didn’t succeed to come back on Tour despite all my determination and effort,” Humbert said in October.

“At this point it’s beter to take care of myself, to look forward to a great 2022 season, which is why I took the very hard decision to and my 2021 season. “It’s frustrating to retire from Bercy and the Davis Cup Finals this year, the kind of events I’m waiting for and I love the most. I wish all the best and a lot of success to all the French team! “I would like to thanks my whole team: my coaches, my family, loved ones and sponsors fpr this season and their daily support. There will be better days, looking forward to seeing you in 2022, Ugo.”

Humbert finished 2021 on a five-match losing streak.

Humbert plays Daniil Medvedev in his first match at the ATP Cup.

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