MONTREAL — While excitement is building for next week’s Rogers Cup Canadian Open women’s event in Montreal, the men’s event in Toronto experienced a disappointment Wednesday when defending champion Rafael Nadal withdrew with a right wrist injury.
Nadal, who was pencilled in as the No. 2 seed behind Novak Djokovic, suffered the injury while training Tuesday, Nadal is left-handed but hits a two-handed backhand.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my Rogers Cup title this year,” Nadal said in a statement released by Tennis Canada. “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.”
This is only the second time in 11 years that Nadal has missed the Canadian event, which he also won in 2005 and 2008.
The major beneficiary of Nadal’s withdrawal is Andy Murray, who becomes the No. 8 seed and gets a first-round bye.
Tennis Canada also announced the wild cards for the men’s event. Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., will join Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil in the main draw. Other wild cards go to American Jack Sock and Nick Krygios of Australia.
Sock, who lost to Raonic 7-6, 7-6 Wednesday in the second round of the Citi Open, got the nod because of his doubles partnership with Pospisil. They won the Wimbledon doubles title earlier this year.
Four other Canadiens, Filip Peliwo, Brayden Schnur, Pavel Krainik and Steven Diez, received wild-card entries into the qualifying event.
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