Injury forces Denis Shapovalov to withdraw from French Open

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Injury forces Denis Shapovalov to withdraw from French Open

Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov has announced that he won't be participating at this year's French Open. Shapovalov, ranked at No. 14 in the world, is dealing with a shoulder injury and after he made the decision to pull out of the French Open after consulting with his medical team.

Shapovalov, a former world No. 10, has made three main draw appearances on the clay courts of Roland Garros so far in his career. Shapovalov made the second round at the French Open in 2018 and 2020, while he exited the event in the first round in 2019.

"I’m saddened to share that after consulting with my medical team I’ve made the difficult decision to withdraw 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," Shapovalov said in a Twitter post.

Shapovalov coming off a deep Geneva run

Last week, Shapovalov made the Geneva Open final before ending runner-up to Casper Ruud. Shapovalov competed well against Ruud but it wasn't enough as the Norwegian won 7-6 (4) 6-4.

Ruud, who also made the Madrid Masters semifinal this clay season, is now full of confidence ahead of the French Open. “It feels great that I’ve been playing well lately and reaching the later stages in my past tournaments,” Ruud said in his post-match press conference.

“It is a big confidence-booster ahead of Roland Garros… It was a close match today and it could have gone either way”. Ruud blew four consecutive set points in the first-set tie-break but converted his fifth to win a tight first set.

“It was a tough first set, it was very close,” Ruud said. “We were both serving great so there weren’t that many rallies after the serve on both sides because of the high level. But in the tie-break there were some rallies here and there… Happily for me I won the first set, and I think that gave me a little bit of confidence to calm down a little bit – not to relax, but to play more freely”.

Ruud now has two ATP titles in his collection. “It feels as good to win today as it did in Buenos Aires [in 2020],” Ruud said. “I was more mature this week, knowing that I won a title before. It’s something else to do it the second time, but it’s the same great winning taste and winning feeling”.