The Rogers Cup has received a double blow after world No 1 Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the tournament.
Four-times champion Djokovic pulled out of the Canadian event as he feels he needs more time to recover following his success at Wimbledon. The Serb won his 16th Grand Slam title as he beat Roger Federer in five sets in a contest that lasted nearly five hours.
“I’m sorry to announce that I decided to pull out of Rogers Cup. With the support of my team, I have decided to give my body longer rest and recovery time before coming back again to play,” Djokovic said.
“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.”
It means Rafael Nadal will be the top seed as 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer announced after Wimbledon that he would skip the event.
Former US Open winner Del Potro, meanwhile, has not played since he reinjured his knee at Queen’s Club in June.
He underwent surgery and has still not recovered sufficiently, which rules him not only out of the Montreal tournament, which starts on August 5, but also next week’s Los Cabos Open in Mexico.
“In del Potro’s case, we wish him a speedy recovery, he who has experienced his share of injuries in the past few years,” Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre said.
“We look forward to seeing him back on court in the near future.”
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