Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, whose refusal to be vaccinated against Covid prevents him from entering Canada, has officially withdrawn from the ATP hard court tournament in Montreal, organizers said on Thursday. The Serbian star’s unvaccinated status made it unlikely he would play in the prestigious ATP Masters tournament, just as it means he is likely to miss the US Open which starts later in August, as the United States also demands that visitors of the country show proof of vaccination. Montreal Masters tournament director Eugene Lepierre had said earlier this month that he did not expect Djokovic to play.
“Either the Canadian government is going to change the rules regarding vaccination or it is going to roll up its sleeves and get the vaccine. But I don’t think either of those scenarios is realistic,” Lepierre said.
Germany’s Oscar Otte has also withdrawn from the tournament starting Monday with France’s Benjamin Bonzi and Australian Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios advancing to the main draw, Tennis Canada said.
In addition, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray received a wild card on Thursday, along with Belgian David Goffin and Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau.
The Briton Murray, a former world number one who won the Canadian title in 2009, 2010 and 2015, has risen from 134th to 50th place in the ranking this season.
He reached the finals in Sydney in January and Stuttgart in June, but earlier this week fell to Swede Mikael Ymer in the first round in Washington.
Despite that disappointment, Murray said on Monday that he believes he can get his ranking high enough to earn a placement at the US Open, which he won a decade ago.
“It’s still possible,” Murray said. “I should just have a good run in Canada or Cincinnati. It’s pretty easy if I got to a quarter-final or a semi-final, which doesn’t seem realistic right now – after such a loss.
“I feel like if I play really well I could do that. But I will definitely have to play better than I did today.”
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