Djokovic, Nadal Pull Out of Montreal ATP Event; Swiatek, Medvedev Top World Tennis Rankings
Montreal ATP event – Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and Spanish claycourt maestro Rafael Nadal have pulled out from the ATP hardcourt event in Montreal, Canada. Djokovic refuses vaccination against coronavirus disease. He has officially withdrawn from the event. The Canadian government requires foreigners to get vaccinated or be denied entry to the North American nation. Montreal Masters tournament director Eugene Lepierre previously said he is not expecting Djokovic to play in the prestigious event. It is also possible that the Serb would miss the United States Open later this month.
Nadal Backs Out Due to Abdominal injury
Meanwhile, Nadal will miss the Montreal ATP event. He continues to suffer from an abdominal injury he sustained at Wimbledon last month. The 22-time Grand Slam champion made an announcement on social media. The injury forced him to pull out of the Canadian tennis tournament. The five-time Montreal titlist has not played since pulling out of his Wimbledon semi-final with Nick Kyrgios after failing to recover from an abdominal tear he suffered in the quarterfinals.
German Netter Pulls Out of Montreal
German tennis player Oscar Otte pulls out of the Montreal ATP event that kicks off on Monday. The pullouts pushed Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi and Australian Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios into the main draw, Tennis Canada announced. Montreal organizers handed three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray, a wild card. This along with Belgian David Goffin and Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau. The withdrawal of Nadal from the tournament due to injury and Djokovic’s insistence on not getting vaccinated for coronavirus gives a chance to other tennis stars to shine in the event, online tennis betting oddsmakers suggest. The Montreal ATP event will be anybody’s ballgame. It is because all netters will be given an equal chance of winning the tournament.
Medvedev, Swiatek Holds onto Top Spot in the Latest World Rankings
Daniil Medvedev retained his ranking in the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings while Iga Swiatek continued her dominance as the top female netter in the Women’s Tennis Association.
In the rankings released on Monday, the Russian Medvedev held on to the top spot in the ATP with 7,625 points. Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal kept their positions in second and third, respectively. Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz was one of the climbers in the men’s rankings at fourth. He dislodged Stefanos Tsitsipas from his post and the Greek is now fifth. Serbian netter Novak Djokovic went up to sixth, bringing down Casper Ruud. Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Jannik Sinner round up the eighth to tenth spots in the men’s rankings.
On the women’s side, French Open champion Swiatek remains the queen of tennis with 8,396 points. She is 3,920 ahead of second seed Anett Kontaveit. Maria Sakkari is in third followed by Paula Bedosa, Ons Jabeur and Aryna Sabalenka. Jessica Pegula, Garbine Muguruza, Danielle Collins, and Emma Raducanu occupy seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th places, respectively, as nothing changed in the WTA Top 10. Online sports picks will continue with the tennis update as the sport heads to its fourth and final major, the US Open.