Two-time Canadian Open champion Roger Federer officialy withdrew from the Montreal Masters which is set to begin on Monday.
“I am disappointed not to be playing in Montreal next week. It is a great tournament with amazing fans. I look forward to competing there in the future,” said Federer in a statement.
The Swiss, who won the title both times in Toronto but never in Montreal, has been fighting a chronic back injury this summer. And because of his accomplishments and years of service on the tours, Federer is no longer obligated to play the Masters tournaments like his peers.
Federer also missed the tournament in Toronto last year. He is still expected to defend his 2012 Cincinnati title in two weeks.
Ranked No. 5 and turning 32 next week, Federer has just one title this year in Halle and his last three losses have come to players outside the Top 50. And points he’ll miss from Montreal will not help his ranking.
Other withdrawals from the Canadian Open include Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki who are both dealing with doping issues. Also skipping the tournament are Gael Monfils, Tommy Robredo, Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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