Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have withdrawn from the Rogers Cup 2016 tournament, which is scheduled to begin from July 25 in Toronto. The Toronto Masters is supposed to conclude just a week before the start of the Rio Olympics 2016.
Wimbledon 2016 champion, Andy Murray also pulled out of the Toronto Masters, citing fatigue. David Ferrer is another top player who has decided he will not play in the Rogers Cup this year.
Federer announced the news on his official Facebook page on Tuesday. The Swiss tennis star has also stated that taking a call on this event was tough as it is one of his favourite tournaments in the ATP calendar.
Federer had opted out of the Rogers Cup in 2015 as well. He wanted to be completely fit for the US Open and thus had pulled of the tournament. The 17-time Grand Slam champion has won the tournament twice in his career.
Meanwhile, Nadal also announced that he will be skipping the Rogers Cup, on Tuesday. The Spaniard has not featured in any tournament after pulling out early from the French Open 2016. Nadal recently got the nod from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to participate in the Rio Olympics 2016. It is understandable that the Spaniard does not want to take the risk of picking up an injury as he continues his recovery from a wrist problem.
"I am disappointed to announce I won't be able to come to Toronto to play this year. I only started practising a week ago after my wrist injury and I am not ready to play such an important event. I am very much looking forward to playing in Toronto in a couple of years since I have always been treated great in that tournament and have a lot of great Canadian fans," Nadal said in a release.
However, top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic will be featuring in the 2016 edition of the Rogers Cup.