Indian doubles veteran Rohan Bopanna, who is struggling from the shoulder injury, has decided to miss the ATP Rogers Cup beginning in Toronto tomorrow, to save his energy for upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.
The 38-year-old Bopanna will be reaching Palembang on August 14 to get known to the conditions ahead of the Asian Games, which clearly means that Bopanna will participate at the Asian Games without facing any competition since the Wimbledon Championships.
Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin had surrendered before their men’s doubles second round after the Indian suffered the injury on July 6.
“Rohan has recovered from his shoulder injury but he thought it does not make sense to travel all the way to US for just one week. Those are big tournaments and you need to be match sharp,” India’s men’s squad captain Zeeshan Ali told PTI.
“He is losing about 1000 points by not playing these two weeks but he thought it’s a better decision to save his shoulder for the Asian Games. So he is reaching Palembang on August 14 to get used to the conditions, the surface to be ready for the Asian Games.”
“He is going there a week earlier to practice. We will reach on August 16. The singles start on August 19th and the doubles on 20th. So we have a few days to practice together,” Zeeshan, the Davis Cup coach, said.
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