Yesterday, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray pulled out of the Canadian Open. Today, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal followed by withdrawing from the first Masters event of the summer which begins next week in Toronto.
“I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup,” said Federer who turns 35 in a few weeks. “Toronto is one of my favourite events on the calendar and I am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in front of the great tennis fans in Canada. Looking ahead, it is best for me that I take more time after Wimbledon. I look forward to coming back to Canada next year and I wish Karl Hale and everyone at Tennis Canada a very successful tournament.”
Nadal cited continued issues with his wrist as his reason.
“I am disappointed to announce I won’t be able to come to Toronto to play this year,” said Nadal. “I only started practicing a week ago after my wrist injury and I am not ready to play such an important event. I am very much looking forward to playing in Toronto in a couple of years since I have always been treated great in that tournament and have a lot of great Canadian fans.”
With Murray, Federer and Nadal already out, right now World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are the lone Top 5 players still in. But both are slated for the Olympics which begin right after Toronto.
Defending champion Belinda Bencic also withdrew from the Montreal event due to a left wrist injury.
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