One day after superstar Rafael Nadal pulled out of Toronto’s Rogers Cup, Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament slated to begin this weekend!
Federer is the world’s No. 1 ranked tennis player. Representing Switzerland, he will be playing for the gold medal at the London Games on Saturday.
“I am very disappointed that I have to withdraw from Toronto as I love the city and the Canadian fans are amazing. I have always enjoyed playing there but after a long stretch of tournaments, I will need some time to recover,” Federer said in a statement.
“I look forward to coming back to Canada next year.”
The event’s organizers said that as a result of Federer’s withdrawal, Thornhill’s Milos Raonic now moves into the No. 16 seed position and will receive a first-round bye.
The draw to determine first-round match-ups will take place on Saturday.
On Thursday, Rogers Cup said that Nadal’s knee injury would force him to miss the Toronto event for the first time since 2004.
His injury also forced him to pull out of the London Olympics, where he was expected to compete for Spain.
Other players that have withdrawn from the event include David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco of Spain, as well as Gael Monfils of France.
The Rogers Cup begins Saturday at the Rexall Centre at York University. It runs until Aug. 12.
Are you still excited for the Rogers Cup, even though two of the biggest names in tennis won’t be there? It will still be an awesome event!!