The Rogers Cup has been dealt another blow, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal joining Andy Murray in withdrawing from the event.
Federer, who was out of action for nearly three months earlier this year after undergoing knee surgery, has said that he needed some time off after reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon.
The two-time Rogers Cup champion also missed the tournament last year as he wanted to recharge his batteries ahead of the US Open.
“I have made the tough decision to withdraw from the Rogers Cup,” Federer wrote on his Facebook page. “Toronto is one of my favorite 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 [tournament director] Karl Hale and everyone at Tennis Canada a very successful tournament.”
Nadal has been out of action since withdrawing from Roland Garros after the second round due to a wrist injury, and as the Spaniard only began practicing a week ago, he feels that he has not sufficiently recovered from his injury to feature at the Rogers Cup.
“I am disappointed to announce I won’t be able to come to Toronto to play this year,” he said via a statement through Tennis Canada. “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.”
The pair’s decision to pull out of the event comes just a day after defending Rogers Cup champion Andy Murray withdrew, citing fatigue following his win at Wimbledon