World No. 2 Roger Federer announced that he will not be competing in next month’s Rogers Cup in Toronto.
“Unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto,” the Basel resident said.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has focused on prolonging his career since his knee surgery in 2016. He has appeared in seven singles events this year, with titles in Melbourne (Australian Open), Rotterdam and Stuttgart. In his most recent outing, at Wimbledon earlier this month, he was ousted in the quarterfinal by Kevin Anderson.
Fans, in all likelihood, will have to wait till the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (underway on August 11) to see the Swiss Maestro in action again as he guns for a men’s record-extending 21st Major title at the US Open (begins August 27).
Federer, 36, was a finalist at last year’s Rogers Cup in Montreal (l. Sascha Zverev, 6–3, 6–4). This year’s tournament commences August 3.