Canada’s Denis Shapovalov announced his that he would not be taking part in the French Open 2021. Shapovalov, who lost in the final of the Geneva Open to Casper Ruud, took to Twitter to announce his withdrawal. He becomes the latest high-profile tennis star to pull out of the tournament. On Sunday, former Roland Garros champion Stanislas Wawrinka said he won’t be taking part in the tournament. Andy Murray will also not regain fitness in time for the clay-court Grand Slam. Simona Halep, whom many would consider a favourite in the women’s singles pool, also pulled out of the tournament.
“I’m saddened to share that after consulting with my medical team I’ve made the difficult decision to withdrawal (sic) from @rolandgarros,” Shapovalov tweeted.
“Unfortunately my shoulder has been bothering me and while medical tests look good, it is for the best to rest. See you in 2022, Roland-Garros,” he added.
I’m saddened to share that after consulting with my medical team I’ve made the difficult decision to withdrawal from @rolandgarros. Unfortunately my shoulder has been bothering me and while medical tests look good, it is for the best to rest. See you in 2022, Roland-Garros. pic.twitter.com/BkCWWQ9Fd8
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) May 23, 2021
Earlier, Shapovalov had lost the final of the Geneva Open to Ruud. Ruud warmed up for the French Open with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 win in the summit clash.
Third-seeded Ruud served better and thus allowed no break-point chances to the second-seeded Shapovalov.
Ruud clinched with his first match point when Shapovalov sent a backhand service return long. The 15th-ranked Canadian’s record in finals, therefore, falls to 1-2.
A second career title lifted Ruud’s record to 2-2 in finals, all at clay-court events. The 22-year-old Norwegian’s previous title was at Buenos Aires in 2020.
“This week has been unbelievable for me,” said Ruud after the match. His world ranking is now set to rise from No. 21.
“(The weather) has been challenging this week but it was nice to get some sun today. I’m looking forward to Paris, I hope I can be in the second week,” he said.
The main draw of the Grand Slam begins at Roland Garros on May 30.