Novak Djokovic officially withdrew from the Canadian Open in Montreal on Thursday. Citing the need for rest, the four-time champion will likely only play on event before the US Open – Cincinnati.
“I’m sorry to announce that I decided to pull out of Rogers Cup,” said Djokovic. “With the support of my team, I have decided to give my body longer rest and recovery time before coming back again to play. I love Canada and I have many friends there that always make me feel like I’m at home and I’m looking forward to coming back again to play in front of all of you in Montreal.”
Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro are also not in the field.
Should he play, defending champion Rafael Nadal will be seeking his fifth title in Canada against foes like Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori.
And with the Tokyo Olympics coming up, it’s doubtful the top players (who are also getting older!) would play in Canada next year as well.
The Big haven’t played together at the Canadian Open at the same time since 2011.
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