,,We have decided not to travel to Montreal and to continue training without forcing ourselves. From my vacation and my subsequent return to the training tracks, everything has gone well. I started serving again a few days ago and on Thursday I had a little discomfort around my abs after training that was still there today,” the 22-time grand slam champion wrote on social media. Nadal withdrew a month ago at Wimbledon in the semifinals back due to the abdominal muscle injury.
It was already announced on Thursday that Djokovic will also not be present in Canada. The 21-time grand slam winner has not been vaccinated against the corona virus and is therefore not allowed to enter Canada. Djokovic was on the entry list for the masters tournament in case the Canadian authorities relaxed the rules, but that did not happen.
Botic van de Zandschulp has been directly admitted to the main tournament, Tallon groenpoor withdrew from the qualifications because he is still recovering after a corona infection. The tournament starts on Monday. The US Open kicks off on Monday, August 29.
The 35-year-old Djokovic was not allowed to participate in the Australian Open at the beginning of this year. Djokovic was expelled from the country after a legal battle with the Australian authorities for refusing to be vaccinated against the corona virus. The former number 1 in the world was welcome at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He won his 21st Grand Slam title in London, one less than record holder Rafael Nadal.
There is a good chance that Djokovic will not be allowed to participate in the US Open later this month, because all visitors in the United States must also show proof of vaccination against corona. The Serb, who has dropped to sixth place in the world ranking, nevertheless still hopes that he will be welcome at the last grand slam tournament of the year in New York.
More than 45,000 people have now signed an online petition calling on the US government and the US Open organization to admit Djokovic. “I am preparing to participate, while I hope to hear if I will be given the space to travel to the US,” Djokovic wrote on social media last week. “Fingers crossed!”
Besides Djokovic, who won the Canadian masters tournament in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2016, the German Oscar Otte also withdrew. This freed up a spot in the main draw for Nick Kyrgios. The Australian lost to Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon. The organization gave a wildcard to, among others, Andy Murray, the Scot who won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2015.
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