With less than a week to go before the Rogers Cup in this rather unusual Olympic season, the ranks are beginning to dwindle.
It’s hardly a flood, but newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is the biggest name out so far.
The news was first reported by TSN Sunday evening, but it was made official today.
Here are the well-crafted quotes from the Tennis Canada press release:
“I always look forward to coming to Canada and it’s the first time I’ve missed the tournament, the guys there do a great job and always look after the players,” said Murray. “My body needs some recovery time after reaching the latter stages of tournaments over the past few months. I’m sorry to my fans in Toronto but I look forward to being back in Canada next year.”
Tournament director Karl Hale:
“Andy has been very loyal to our event over the years, but certainly we are disappointed he has chosen not to be in Toronto this year. As a Masters 1000 event, we are one of the most important tournaments on the calendar. Andy is one of the very top players in the world and a fan favourite. He will be missed but we wish him continued success through the balance of the season.”
Not mentioned in the release is that France’s Richard Gasquet, who would have been a seeded player, also is out. The other official withdrawal so far was Italy’s Andreas Seppi, last week.
Murray traveled to Serbia to cheer on his team in Davis Cup last weekend, but did not play. He didn’t need to; Great Britain defeated a Serbian team that didn’t have Novak Djokovic or Victor Troicki, its two top singles players.
Gasquet’s back went out on him at Wimbledon; he didn’t play for France last weekend, either.
The withdrawals, of course, mean that Vasek Pospisil now gets into the main draw without needing a wild card, on the basis of his ranking at the entry deadline (which has since dropped significantly). So there will be another wild card available for someone else.