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Novak Djokovic withdraws from Montreal ATP event

Novak Djokovic won his 21st Grand Slam after clinching the Wimbledon title last month.

Vaidehi Singh Editor

Updated - 6 August 2022 2:50 pm

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After World No. 3 Rafael Nadal pulled out of the hardcourt tournament in Montreal, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has officially withdrawn from the tournament. The former World No. 1 was officially refused to enter Canada earlier, as per the organisers.

The Serbian’s unvaccinated status has what has led to this. The Serb-star has refused to get vaccinated of COVID-19, which earlier saw him miss the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia Open. His this decision has now led to him not enter Canada, leading to his withdrawal from the Montreal ATP event.

Montreal Masters tournament director Eugene Lepierre has earlier said that he did not expect Djokovic to play at the National Bank Open.

“Either the Canadian government is going to change the rules regarding vaccination or he is going to roll up his sleeves and get the vaccine. But I don’t think any of those scenarios are realistic,” Eugene has said.

Earlier, 22-time Grand Slam winner and World No. 3 Rafael Nadal also pulled out of the tournament with injury concerns. Notable, the star hasn’t featured in any tennis tournaments after suffering an abdominal tear during the Wimbledon knockouts.

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