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The list of ATP Canadian Open withdrawals is sadly pretty extensive already. In fact, there are 8 withdrawals from the men’s singles to speak of right now, and the tournament didn’t even start yet. When you compare this with the WTA Canadian Open withdrawals, there are just 3 players that have pulled out of the women’s event. This is obviously quite a difference, and unfortunately, it means that there are more top players missing from the ATP National Bank Open than expected.
Of course, my intention here is to make you aware of all of the latest Canadian Open withdrawals for the men’s event. Additionally, I’ve explained what this means for the tournament as a whole. It’s all outlined below, so let’s delve deeper now.
National Bank Open Withdrawals – Men’s Singles Updates
At the time of writing, the Canadian Open qualifying is underway. However, the main draw for both the ATP and WTA events won’t start until Monday, August 7th. This means that all of the ATP National Bank Open withdrawals outlined here have come through before the start of the event. It’s always better when this is done, even though nobody wants players to be forced to withdraw from any event. And I say this as it causes less mayhem with the draw, while it also gives time for the players to be directly replaced by others.
Anyway, as mentioned above, there have been eight withdrawals from the ATP Canadian Open so far, and I’ve detailed them here.
Roberto Bautista Agut
The first of the 8 withdrawals is the veteran Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut. Having lost in the opening round of his previous two tournaments, Bautista Agut has received another blow by picking up an injury. It’s assumed that this injury was picked up during his first-round clash in Gstaad, which was a couple of weeks ago now.
Pablo Carreno Busta
Perhaps the most disappointing of all the ATP Canadian Open withdrawals is Pablo Carreno Busta. I say this because Carreno Busta actually won the tournament in 2022, and this was a huge breakthrough for him. Yet, unfortunately, his 2023 season has been plagued by a long-term injury. He hasn’t actually played a competitive match since February, and as a result, he has withdrawn from this event too.
Cilic is another guy who is suffering from a long-term injury this season. This much-loved Croatian did make a brief return to the ATP Tour last month when he competed in the Umag Open. However, this was too much too soon, and Cilic lost his opener there. He has since decided that he needs more time to recover, hence the withdrawal here.
I’m sure that this one doesn’t come as ‘news’ to you. Novak Djokovic is in the media constantly, and his withdrawal from the Canadian Open has been well-documented. Of course, this is very unfortunate since Djokovic is now allowed to compete in the USA, which hasn’t been the case for a few seasons now. But due to exhaustion, he’s chosen not to compete in Montreal.
It’s been a rough time for Karen Khachanov this summer. The mighty Russian picked up a freak injury during the French Open, and sadly, he still hasn’t recovered. As you might remember, Khachanov withdrew from Wimbledon too, yet we didn’t realize it would be quite this long to see his return to the tour. And as the number 11 in the world, he is a major absence from the event this year.
Everybody knows how entertaining Nick Kyrgios can be. Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that he makes tennis interesting! Additionally, Kyrgios made the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open in 2022, and this result served him well for the rest of the hard-court swing. He is still suffering from various injuries after attempting to make a comeback for the grass court period. And since he isn’t playing in this tournament, he will exit the ATP top 100 once the tournament is over.
Given that this event is played in Canada, the fact that Denis Shapovalov has been added to the list of withdrawals is awful for the home fans. Shapovalov is currently the number 22 in the ATP rankings, yet having been forced away from the tour since Wimbledon with an injury, he won’t be competing next week.
The last of the 8 ATP Canadian Open withdrawals is Jan-Lennard Struff. This big-hitting German has been enjoying a pretty awesome season so far, and he’s already made one Masters 1000 final. Yet, unfortunately, Struff hasn’t been fit to compete since competing in Halle back in June. Therefore, he’s been forced to pull out of this event.
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