The latest withdrawals from Cincinnati

August 10, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

It seems that the Olympic year continued to have a profound effect on the health and fitness of the tennis players, with many under performing, looking tired and withdrawing due to injury.

The Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto has been severely affected by withdrawals, early exits and injured players and now the upcoming Masters 1000 in Cincinnati is also losing some of it’s players before the tournament has even started.

To date, this is the list of Cincinnati withdrawals:

Rafael Nadal is struggling with his knee and announced yesterday that he has also withdrawn from the tournament so that he can continue with his recuperation.  The Spanish No.1 also withdrew from the Olympics where he was unable to defend his gold medal and has withdrawn from Toronto this week.  The last match he played was in June where he lost in the second round of Wimbledon against Lukas Rosol. The only tournament left available for Nadal to participate in prior to the US Open is Winston Salem, maybe he will apply for a wildcard at this tournament?  No official statement has yet been made to confirm when he will return, despite speculation that he will miss the US Open.

Gael Monfils has been out of action for some time, so it may be no surprise to his supporters that he has also withdrawn from Cincinnati next week due to continuing problems with his knee. It is still unconfirmed whether or not the Frenchman will be able to play at the US Open this year.

Nicolas Almagro has been struggling with a shoulder injury a few weeks ago and when he was playing in Stuttgart a few weeks ago, he twittered a picture of his swollen and bruised shoulder and arm, so many will not be shocked to hear that the Spaniard has withdrawn, hoping to recuperate the shoulder in time for his US Open campaign.

Juan Carlos Ferrero has also announced that he will not be playing in Cincinnati next week as he will hope to continue with his preparation for the US Open.

Fernando Verdasco is the fourth Spaniard to confirm that he will not be participating in Cincinnati next week.  Definitely not a good week for team España with many of their players fighting against injury.  Verdasco is suffering with tendonitis to the wrist and has confirmed that he will continue with his recuperation in Madrid before the start of the US Open.

Andy Murray has withdrawn from Toronto this week having difficulties with his knee when adjusting from grass to the hard courts. Despite suggestions otherwise, he has NOT announced that he will not be playing in Cincinnati next week.   

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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