Canadian Open: Novak Djokovic will not compete in the ATP event in Montreal because to his vaccinati
The Serbian star's lack of vaccinations made it unlikely that he would participate in the prestigious ATP Masters competition, and it also makes it likely that he will miss the US Open, which begins later in August because the US also requires travelers to the country to present proof of vaccination.
Novak Djokovic, the Wimbledon winner who cannot enter Canada because of his unwillingness to receive the Covid vaccine, has formally withdrawn from the ATP hardcourt tournament in Montreal, according to organizers on Thursday.
Since the US Open begins later in August and also requires visitors to the country to present proof of immunization, the Serb star's lack of inoculation rendered it doubtful that he would participate in the renowned ATP Masters competition.
Director of the Montreal Masters Eugene Lapierre had earlier this month stated that he did not anticipate Djokovic to participate.
"Either the Canadian government will modify the laws governing vaccinations, or he will put in the work and obtain the shot. But none of those eventualities, in my opinion, are plausible," Lapierre remarked.
Oscar Otte of Germany has also pulled out of the competition, which begins on Monday, with Australian Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios and Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi advancing into the main event, according to Tennis Canada.
In addition, Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau, Belgian David Goffin, and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray also received wild cards on Thursday.
In the standings, this season, Britain's Murray, a former world number one who won the Canadian title in 2009, 2010, and 2015, has risen from 134th to 50th.
He made finals in Sydney in January and Stuttgart in June, but Mikael Ymer of Sweden beat him in the opening round of this week's competition in Washington.
Despite this setback, Murray stated on Monday that he still has hope of raising his ranking enough to be seeded at the US Open, which he won ten years ago.
It is still conceivable, "Murray remarked. "All I would need is a strong performance in Cincinnati or Canada. It would be simple if I could go to the quarterfinals or semifinals, but after that defeat, it doesn't seem likely.
"I do think I could pull that off if I play well. However, I will undoubtedly need to play better than I did today."