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 both officially withdrew from the tournament this week, albeit for different reasons.
Nadal announced he would not be traveling to Canada on Friday morning because he had to “think about his health,” which is likely a reference to the abdominal injury that forced him to lleft Wimbledon before his semi-final match with Nick Kyrgios. Nadal tweeted He was feeling “a little unwell” after returning to training this week.
“We decided not to travel to Montréal and continue the training sessions without forcing ourselves,” said Nadal 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 Montréal, a tournament I love and have won five times in front of an audience that has always welcomed me with great affection,” said Nadal added. “I have no choice at this point but to be careful and think about health.”
Nadal picked up the injury in his five-set win over American Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals, but only after taking a medical break to take anti-inflammatory drugs. Skipping the Canadian Open gives Nadal a few more weeks to recover ahead of the US Open.
Novak Djokovic’s vaccination status bans him again
Djokovic, on the other hand, is still not allowed to enter Canada because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
It comes from his fourth consecutive Wimbledon final in June, but the Serb has already missed several tournaments this year for his decision not to get vaccinated, including the Indian Wells Masters, the Miami Open and the Australian Open.
Although Djokovic won’t be playing in Canada, he still hopes to return to the United States for the US Open at the end of August. Djokovic posted and wrote a training video on July 30th that he is “preparing as if” he is allowed to participate in the tournament. That The US Open announced this in a statement It would adhere to US travel rules regarding vaccination status, so there would be a US government decision for Djokovic to play.
Djokovic won the Canadian Open four times in his career – 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2016 – while Nadal won five times in his career: 2005, 2008, 2013, 2018 and 2019.
The first round of the tournament begins on Wednesday, August 10th. Daniil Medvedev is the reigning champion.