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Federer, Nadal withdraw from Rogers Cup

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Rob Williams Jul 19, 2016 3:38 am

Bad news for tennis fans, as two living legends have pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto that begins on Saturday.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will not be coming to Toronto.

“I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup,” said Federer in a media release. “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.”

Federer, who lost to Milos Raonic in the semi-final at Wimbledon earlier in this month, is choosing to rest during a busy tennis calendar. Unlike Raonic, Federer is choosing to play in the Olympic tennis tournament which begin August 6th.

Meanwhile, Nadal is not playing due to a wrist injury he suffered at the French Open.

“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.”

Federer and Nadal join Andy Murray, who pulled out yesterday, as three of the top four players in the world that will skip the tournament this year.

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Here’s an updated look at the player list:

Seed Player Country World ranking
1 Novak Djokovic SRB 1
2 Stan Wawrinka SUI 5
3 Kei Nishikori JPN 6
4 Milos Raonic CAN 7
5 Tomas Berdych CZE 8
6 Dominic Thiem AUT 9
7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA 10
8 David Goffin BEL 11
9 Marin Cilic CRO 12
10 Roberto Bautista Agut ESP 15
11 John Isner USA 16
12 Gael Monfils FRA 17
13 Nick Kyrgios AUS 18
14 Bernard Tomic AUS 19
15 Pablo Cuevas URU 20
16 Feliciano Lopez ESP 21
17 Lucas Pouille FRA 22
18 Philipp Kohlschreiber GER 23
19 Benoit Paire FRA 24
20 Steve Johnson USA 25
21 Jack Sock USA 26
22 Alexander Zverev GER 27
23 Martin Klizan SVK 28
24 Sam Querrey USA 29
25 Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP 31
26 Joao Sousa POR 32
27 Kevin Anderson RSA 33
28 Viktor Troicki SRB 34
29 Ivo Karlovic CRO 35
30 Gilles Muller LUX 36
31 Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR 37
32 Jeremy Chardy FRA 38
33 Fabio Fognini ITA 39
34 Grigor Dimitrov BUL 40
35 Marcos Baghdatis CYP 41
36 Andrey Kuznetsov RUS 42
37 Federico Delbonis ARG 43
38 Nicolas Mahut FRA 44
39 Nicolas Almagro ESP 45
40 Marcel Granollers ESP 46
41 Borna Coric CRO 53
42 Pablo Carreno Busta ESP 56
43 Vasek Pospisil CAN 98
44 Janko Tipsarevic SRB 408 *
45 Special Exemption
46 Denis Shapovalov (WC) CAN 371
47 Wild Card
48 Wild Card
49 Wild Card
50 Qualifier
51 Qualifier
52 Qualifier
53 Qualifier
54 Qualifier
55 Qualifier
56 Qualifier

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Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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