Novak Djokovic will not play in the National Bank Open

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will not participate in the National Bank Open, which was presented from August 5 to 14 in Montreal.

Tennis Canada has not provided an explanation for Djokovic’s withdrawal, which was announced Thursday along with the distribution of assists to Canadians Alexi Galarno and Vasek Pospisil, Britain’s Andy Murray and Belgium’s David Goffin.

The Canadian government still requires 14 days of isolation for anyone who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and enters the country. Djokovic, who would not have been vaccinated against COVID-19, missed Indian Wells and the Miami Masters earlier this season because the United States does not allow unvaccinated non-citizens to enter.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion’s vaccination status could also rule him out of the US Open later this summer.

Last weekend, Djokovic said he was preparing as if he could play at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic, 35, was able to compete at Wimbledon, which he won, and the French Open, where he lost to eventual winner Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard holds the men’s record with 22 major singles titles.

Djokovic, however, missed the Australian Open in January after being expelled from the country due to his vaccination status.

Tennis Canada also reported that Germany’s Oskar Otte, 41e ATP ranking, also withdrew from the National Bank Open. In his case, he had to forfeit due to injury.

Due to the withdrawal of these two, Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, 51e in the world and Australian Nick Kyrgios, 63 years oldewill directly access the main table.

Invitations to two Canadians

The news was also better for Murray, Galarno, Pospisil and Goffin.

Murray won the Canadian tournament three times during his career (2009, 2010 and 2015). This year, he rose rapidly in the rankings, moving up from 134e at 50e rank. In recent months, he has reached the finals in the Sydney and Stuttgart tournaments.

Galarneau, on the other hand, is number 238e ranked 378th in the world after the start of the season. Last Sunday, he reached the final of the National Bank Challenger in Winnipeg, beating tournament favorite Liam Brodie, who is ranked 131st in the world, along the way.

On the other hand, Pospisil, 141ewill participate in the National Bank Open on the 14the time. This season, he was crowned Quimper Challenger champion and also reached the quarterfinals of the Dallas Open. His best result in Montreal dates back to 2013, when he lost to his compatriot Milos Raonic in the semi-finals.

Finally, Goffin, 60e, recently reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. old noh Ranked 7th in the world, he will certainly be looking to improve on his best result in Canada, which is reaching the round of 16.

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