It’s hard to tell at the time of this writing. The National Bank open table is still very strong despite the notable absences.
Other top 10 players, including Auger-Aliassime, will be hungrier. Amateurs will be able to benefit from it with high quality matches.
To return to Auger-Aliassime, the three-term withdrawal could open the way for him to reach the semi-finals. With strong play and audience support, anything is possible for L’Ancienne-Lorette’s pride.
The Montreal championship is important to him. After the Grand Slam title, this is the tournament he would like to win on the ATP Tour.
Currently, he is co-starring in Los Cabos, Mexico. Having racked up two wins in his first two matches, the now second seed has reached the semi-finals.
Participation in the final on hand. It will give him a good dose of confidence before he arrives in Montreal. This should not be overlooked.
Nadal is still injured
On Friday morning, a slab fell on the heads of the organizers of the National Bank Open. Rafael Nadal, a finalist at the last Montreal tournament in 2019, withdrew.
Nadal has not yet recovered from the injury he suffered at Wimbledon last. He tore his stomach muscle during the pentathlon marathon against Taylor Fritz. A few hours later, he decided to lose the rest of the tournament.
At the time, we were talking about three to four weeks of recovery. His return to play coincided with the Montreal Championship. He even ordered a box of balls from director Eugène Lapierre so he could train in Mallorca.
“I have been training for some time without serving and started serving again four days ago,” Nadal said in a statement.
“Yesterday (Thursday), after a normal exercise, I had a slight discomfort in the abdominal area. Today (Friday) it was still there.”
“I am very sad that I was not able to come to Montreal. It is a tournament that I have won five times and I would love to play it. I sincerely hope to be able to return to the tournament to play in front of the crowd which is always amazing.”
With a few extra days of rest, we can believe that Nadal will be able to participate in the last Grand Slam of the season, the US Open.
With each time a big name drops out, tournament director Eugene Lapierre has been disappointed by the turn of events.
However, he understood that because he knew Nadal’s physical condition.
“We are very disappointed that Rafael is unable to join us. Lapierre said he was very much expected by the fans.
“On the other hand, despite the disappointment, the tournament remains very difficult as we will have 41 of the 44 best players in the world.”
Nadal’s withdrawal opened the door for American Mackenzie MacDonald to be in the main draw. Very good news for him he was due to take part in the playoffs this weekend.
As we learned in the past hours, the withdrawal of American John Isner. He made way for fellow countryman Brendan Nakashima.
About Eugène Lapierre OBN –
“Evil thinker. Music scholar. Hipster-friendly communicator. Bacon geek. Amateur internet enthusiast. Introvert.”