Djokovic withdraws from Toronto hardcourt event

Djokovic has withdrawn from the US Open tune-up event in Toronto. — Reuters pic
Djokovic has withdrawn from the US Open tune-up event in Toronto. — Reuters pic

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TORONTO, July 24 ― World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month's US Open tune-up event in Toronto, Tennis Canada said yesterday.

A four-time champion in Canada, Djokovic is at the Tokyo Olympics where he will try to keep alive his hopes of achieving a 'Golden Slam' ― victories at all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single year plus an Olympic singles gold. The Serbian has already won the first three majors of the season.

“It would have been fantastic to have hosted Novak,” Karl Hale, tournament director of the August 9-15 National Bank Open, said in a news release.

“However, following a great run to his record-equaling 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and his participation at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, we understand his decision. We wish him all the very best for the rest of the season.”

Because of Djokovic's withdrawal from the hardcourt event, one of a handful of tune-ups ahead of the August 30-September 12 US Open, Russian Daniil Medvedev will be the Canadian tournament's top seed.

Tennis Canada also said Austrian Dominic Thiem, Belgian David Goffin and Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who are each dealing with injuries, have also withdrawn. ― Reuters

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