Two of tennis’ biggest stars will skip the Canadian Open in Montreal this weekend ahead of the US Open at the end of August.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic officially withdrew from the tournament this week, but for different reasons.
Nadal announced that he would not travel to Canada on Friday morning because he had to “think about his health,” a likely nod to the abdominal injury that forced him toto leave Wimbledon before his semi-final match with Nick Kyrgios. Nadal he tweeted felt “a little discomfort” after returning to training this week.
“We decided not to travel to Montreal and continue training without forcing ourselves,” Nadal he tweeted (translated from Spanish). “I sincerely thank the tournament director, Eugène and his entire team for the understanding and support they have always shown me and today was no exception.
“I hope to play again in Montreal, a tournament that I love and that I have won five times in front of an audience that has always welcomed me with great love,” Nadal he added. “I have no choice but to be cautious at this point and think about health.
Nadal suffered the injury in his five-set win over American Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals, but only after he needed a medical time-out to take anti-inflammatory medication. Skipping the Canadian Open gives Nadal a few more weeks to recover before the US Open.
Novak Djokovic’s vaccination status prevents him again
Meanwhile, Djokovic is still not allowed to enter Canada because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
He’s losing his temper fourth Wimbledon final in a row in June, but the Serbian one already missed several tournaments this year due to his decision not to get vaccinated, incl Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open and the Australian Open.
While Djokovic will not play in Canada, he remains hopeful of returning to the United States for the US Open at the end of August. Djokovic On July 30, he posted a training video and wrote that “as if he was preparing” he would be allowed to compete in the tournament. The The US Open said in a statement would comply with US travel rules regarding vaccination status, so the US government would decide Djokovic would play.
Djokovic has won the Canadian Open four times in his career – 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2016 – while Nadal has won five times in his career: 2005, 2008, 2013, 2018 and 2019.
The first round of the tournament begins on Wednesday, August 10. Daniil Medvedev is the reigning champion.