Tennis – Masters 1000 Montreal: Not vaccinated, Novak Djokovic withdraws

As in Indian Wells and Miami in March, Novak Djokovic is forced to abandon the Masters 1000 in Montreal (August 7 to 14). Once again, it is the non-vaccination against Covid-19 of the last winner of Wimbledon which causes his withdrawal from the Quebec tournament. Because indeed, his vaccination status prevents him from going to Canada. For the same reasons, the Serb could miss the US Open in three weeks (August 29-September 11).

Eugene Lepierre, the director of the Masters 1000 in Montreal, said earlier this month that he did not expect Novak Djokovic to play, due to his unvaccinated status. “Either the Canadian government will change the rules regarding vaccinations, or it will roll up its sleeves and get vaccinated. But I don’t think any of these scenarios are realistic.“, he explained. Oscar Otte also withdrew, which benefited Benjamin Bonzi and Nick Kyrgios, finalist of the last Open of Great Britain, who ended up in the main draw, according to Tennis Canada.

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In addition, Andy Murray, three-time winner of the tournament (2009, 2010 and 2015) and who persists in regaining his best level after a succession of injuries, was awarded a wild card on Thursday, as were David Goffin and Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau. The Scotsman has dodged the standings this season, dropping from 134th to 50th, having notably reached the final in Sydney in January and Stuttgart in June. (With AFP)

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