Injured Roger Federer withdraws from Toronto and Cincinnati, casting doubts over US Open participation

Roger Federer relieved

Roger Federer’s return to the competitive action has been delayed again with the 20-time Grand Slam winner withdrawing from the Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters due to injury.

Having skipped the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a setback with his longstanding knee injury, the 39-year-old was expected to make his return during the North American hard-court swing, starting with next week’s ATP Masters 1000 event in Toronto.

However, organisers have confirmed that he has pulled out of the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati event, which starts on August 16.

It puts a question mark over his participation in the final major of the year, the US Open, as the Winston-Salem Open is the only other warm-up tournament before the action gets underway at Flushing Meadows on August 30.

Federer, who turns 40 on Sunday, has played only five tournaments since to the ATP Tour following double knee surgery in 2020 with his last match a demoralising quarter-final defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz from Poland in the quarter-final at Wimbledon.