TORONTO, July 19, 2016
Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that world No. 3 Roger Federer and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal have withdrawn from Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto.
“I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup,” said Federer. “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 has not played since withdrawing from the French Open after sustaining a wrist injury.
“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.”
“Roger and Rafa are two of the most popular players in the world and not having them in Toronto is extremely unfortunate,” said tournament director Karl Hale. “But with current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Canadian star Milos Raonic confirmed for Toronto, along with a host of other top ATP players, the calibre of tennis and entertainment will be world-class.”
Due to these withdrawals, Canada’s Vasek Pospisil will now gain direct entry into the main draw instead of using the wild card position he was initially granted. Final wild card spots will be announced on Wednesday.
An updated player list for Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto can be found below:
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank Toronto Player List
*rankings as of July 18, 2016
|10||Roberto Bautista Agut||ESP||15|
|42||Pablo Carreno Busta||ESP||56|
|44||Janko Tipsarevic||SRB||408 *|
|46||Denis Shapovalov (WC)||CAN||371|
*used a protected ranking of No. 39 to gain main draw entry