Roger Federer Withdraws From Montreal
by Staff | August 2nd, 2013, 11:19 am

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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21 Comments for Roger Federer Withdraws From Montreal

metan Says:

Wise decission from Roger. Wish him speedy recovered, enough rest, and come back with new spirit any time he feels ready.

Btw, hope those who withdrew from Montreal because of health issue, not other things.

ertorque Says:

I wonder how has Roger’s weight fluctuated in the last 10 years? He seems to me that he is slightly heavier compared with say 5 years ago. Do players generally put on weight as they move into their final years of their career?

RZ Says:

Good move by Roger. Rest that back and come back healthy!

Brando Says:

Wise move. Hopefully he’ll be well rested when he returns. I still think he can make some real noise at Cincy. He won last year and is a 5 time winner there, so expect him at Cincy and likely firing.

RZ Says:

Also not playing in Montreal: Tsonga, Monfils, Fish, Querrey, Monaco, Tursonov.

Eric Says:

Although I like many other players on tour just fine, tennis is simply not the same without Roger’s wizardry. I hope this break allows him to relax and rest his back, and return as strong as ever for the rest of the fall swing. Not all that hopeful, unfortunately.

scineram Says:

Well, I certainly don’t expect him to defend his title.

Brando Says:

@Scineram: IF Fed goes back to using his old racquet, then he’s my pick for Cincy. And he’s not my fav. I just think he’ll want it more than the others and that court suits him the most out of everyone.

tennisfansince76 Says:

in light of this withdrawal the decision to play the two minor clay court events is puzzling indeed. why did he play 2 minor events w/ a balky back when he could have been resting and getting treated in preparation for Montreal?

Michael Says:

Roger is defending his over stretched body. Moreover, he thinks that he has a real chance at Cincinnati more than Montreal where the courts play a little bit fast more to Roger’s liking. This appears to be a sound and intelligent decision by Roger.

Margot Says:

Wasn’t he just using any smaller tournament to test out the new racquet?
Will be interesting to see which one he chooses at Cincy.

holdserve Says:

Roger could have tried out his racket at Montreal. Why would he play at clay tournaments to try out his racket for the hard court season? I think he played at Hamburg for the hefty appearance fee and at Gstaad to appease the Swiss fans shocked by his greed for appearance money at Basel. May be he also wanted a cow.

Margot Says:

An interesting article:

Writer discusses, amongst other things, Fed’s decision to play clay.

Rogerisclass Says:

Nadal comes to Basel this year because there are more performance fees of money than Roger. It was conditions good for greed Nadal.

Roger has already said that it participates in Basel. Even when he has no performance fee.


holdserve is is famous as Nadal’s fanatic blindness fan.

madmax Says:


probably the reason why he played was to test out his racquet, and perhaps his back, at this stage?

Brando, I really like the fact that you seem to be rooting for fed right now, despite him not being your favourite. Very objective and unbiased.

I just hope that this extra rest will bring him what he needs.

There is so much out there right now which does not prove for positive reading about Federer.

Can only wish him well.

skeezer Says:

holdserve apparently loves talking about cows. Moo Moo. The guy is just resting the ailing back. No biggie.

madmax Says:


What exactly is allowed, prior to a match, if someone does have a bad back? Serious question. I know about the drugs issue, but I am talking specifics here – how many “shots” of anti-inflammatories?, how many pills to kill the pain, what is the limit in terms of allowing these players the mobility and flexibility in order to play their game?

Humble Rafa Says:

The guy is just resting the ailing back. No biggie.

Second best joke of the year.

skeezer Says:

^And you have always been the first best joke of the year. First is always best,no?

But then…… that is only in your own unemployed mind.


madmax Says:

Hey Jamie, whereever you are! I just read this and wondered if you did decide to use your talents on Federer – seems that there is hope.

Skeezer, read this and let me have your comments!

No time wasters please.

madmax Says:

skeezer, you posted a link on fed earlier, but not sure whether it included photos, or just the twitter comments – so here are the photos to support from tramlines – really lovely too.

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