Denis Shapovalov has decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open, which starts later this month in Flushing, N.Y.
The Richmond Hill, Ont., tennis star announced via Twitter that an ailing knee will keep him out of the year’s final major tournament.
“Despite doing everything possible to be 100% healthy in time for (The U.S. Open), my knee needs more time and I sadly have to withdraw,” he said in a post on Twitter. “That grand slam energy, especially in NYC, is unlike anything else and I’m really going to miss playing in front of the amazing fans there this year!”
The 24-year-old had withdrawn from the recent National Bank Open in Toronto because of the same injury.
Shapovalov, currently ranked 22nd in the world, last competed at Wimbledon, where he fell to Roman Safiullin in four sets on July 3.
Whether Shapovalov will be able to return to action for the Davis Cup in Bologna, Italy — where Canada is the defending champion and opens play Sept. 12-17 — is unknown.
–with files from the Canadian Press
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