(ISN) – Toronto, July 30, 2014 – Tennis Canada announced Wednesday that world No. 2 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto due to a right wrist injury.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my Rogers Cup title this year,” said Nadal. “I was looking forward to coming there and playing again in Toronto as I have always loved to play in Canada and had great results in the past at a very important event. Unfortunately I injured myself yesterday during practice and after checking with my doctors I will have to stay out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks. I am sorry to the tournament and to all of the fans.”
This is only the second time since Nadal made his Rogers Cup debut in 2004 that he has missed the Canadian stop on the ATP World Tour.
“We know Rafa is a fan favourite and our fans will be upset by his absence,” said Karl Hale, Rogers Cup tournament director. “But we also know that if Rafa could play he would as he has a great respect for our event and his Canadian fans. We wish him well and hope he returns to the Tour healthy as soon as possible.”
Rogers Cup will still boast eight of the Top 10 players in the world, including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and Canadian superstar Milos Raonic. With Nadal’s withdrawal, two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moves into the No. 8 seed, giving him a first round bye.