World No. 4 Wawrinka withdraws from Rogers Cup

MONTREAL — World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka is pulling out of the upcoming Rogers Cup in Montreal due to a knee injury that he says has been bothering him all season.

Wawrinka said on his Facebook page that he is missing the Rogers Cup and a following Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati until his knee is 100 per cent, possibly in time for the U.S. Open, where he is the defending champion.

He attempted to play with the sore knee at Wimbledon last month only to lose in the first round.

“After much backwards and forwards and consultations with my doctors and my team unfortunately I have decided to skip Canada and Cincinnati to be on the safe side even though I’ve been battling hard to make these events,” Wawrinka posted on Facebook.

“Hugely disappointing for my fans and myself that I have to make this decision, but I need to be 100 per cent confident before I resume competition till the injury that plagued me in Wimbeldon has been resolved. My team and I are doing everything possible to make this a speedy recovery.”

The Swiss will miss the tournament for the first time since 2012 due to a knee injury. He was a semifinalist in Toronto last year.

“Stan has always been loyal to our tournament and we’re obviously disappointed he won’t be here this year,” Eugene Lapierre, tournament director of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, said in a statement. “Stan is one of the best players in the world and we wish him a quick recovery and best of luck for the rest of the season.”

As a result of Wawrinka’s withdrawal, Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic will now be seeded eighth and receive a first round bye.

Raonic will be seeking his first Masters 1000 title. Meanwhile, American John Isner will now round out the top 16 seeds at no. 16. Isner has won two tournaments in a row in Newport and Atlanta.

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