Novak Djokovic, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, has withdrawn from Toronto Masters, Canada’s ATP Masters 1000 event scheduled to be held in August, citing fatigue as the reason, the tournament organisers have announced.
Notably, the Serbian has won the Canada’s ATP Masters 1000 event four times, tallying a 37-7 record and the last time he competed in the tournament was in 2018.
“I’ve always enjoyed my stays in Canada, but after talking with my team, we think it’s the right decision to make. I would like to thank Karl Hale, Tournament Director, for understanding this decision. I really hope to have other opportunities to play in Canada, and in Toronto, in front of great spectators,” Djokovic was quoted by the tournament website.
The Serbian recently competed at the Wimbledon, where he fell short in a memorable championship match against Carlos Alcaraz.
Djokovic’s withdrawal ensures that American Christopher Eubanks will automatically be admitted to the main draw. Eubanks hogged limelight at Wimbledon by reaching to the quarter-finals, notably eliminating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Cameron Norrie along the way.
The first ATP Masters 1000 event of the summer hard-court season begins from August 7.