World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup, opting for further rest after winning Wimbledon.
Djokovic, 32, claimed his 16th grand slam title and fifth Wimbledon crown with a thrilling win over Roger Federer in the final at the All England Club on July 14.
But, like the Swiss great, the Serbian star has decided not to compete at the Rogers Cup in Montreal beginning on August 5.
“I’m sorry to announce that I decided to pull out of Rogers Cup,” four-time champion Djokovic said in a statement on Thursday.
“I love Canada and I have many friends there that always make me feel like I’m at home and I’m looking forward to coming back again to play in front of all of you in Montreal.” –@DjokerNole
For his part, @delpotrojuan is still recovering from his knee injury.
– Coupe Rogers (@CoupeRogers) July 25, 2019
“With the support of my team, I have decided to give my body longer rest and recovery time before coming back again to play.
“I love Canada and I have many friends there that always make me feel like I’m at home and I’m looking forward to coming back again to play in front of all of you in Montreal.”
World No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro has also withdrawn after undergoing surgery on his knee, having fractured his right kneecap at Queen’s last month.
The withdrawals open up the tournament for defending champion Rafael Nadal, who will be eyeing a fifth Rogers Cup title.