Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in Toronto next month to lighten his schedule ahead of the U.S. Open, which starts from August 27 in New York City.
Federer has taken this decision in order to be in peak condition for the U.S. Open.
Federer is two-time Rogers Cup champion. He won the event twice in Toronto and finished as the runner-up in Montreal last year. The even alternates between the two cities.
“I had a fantastic time in Montreal last year and always enjoy playing in front of the Canadian fans, but unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year,” Federer said in a statement issued by organisers.
“I wish the tournament every success and am sorry to miss it.”
World No. 2 Federer is next scheduled to play the following week in Cincinnati, where he has won a tournament-record seven times. He missed it last year because of a back injury.
Federer, due to turn 37 during the Rogers Cup, has played seven tournaments this year and won three. He last appeared at Wimbledon, and lost in the quarterfinals.
The August 4-12 tournament will include nine of the top 10 players on the ATP World Tour, including world number one and three-time champion Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon champion and four-time winner Novak Djokovic.
News credit : Indiatoday