World tennis great Roger Federer has decided to not to play next month’s Rogers Cup in Toronto as part of his ongoing strategy to lighten his schedule and conserve energy for the top events, tournament organisers confirmed on Monday.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner made the withdrawal announcement less than two weeks after his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon.
“I had a fantastic time in Montreal last year and always enjoy playing in front of the Canadian fans, but unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year,” Federer said in a statement issued by organisers.
“I wish the tournament every success and am sorry to miss it.”
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Swiss is the runner-up of the championship, as he was stunned in the final of last year’s Rogers Cup in Montreal by German Alexander Zverev.