Denis Shapovalov will miss Sunday’s start of the French Open after the Canadian withdrew from the Grand Slam with shoulder problems.

The injury has been dogging the 14th-ranked player since the star of the year. Shapovalov hinted at his fitness worry after losing Saturday’s Geneva final to Norway’s Casper Ruud.

“I’m saddened to share that after consulting with my medical team I’ve made the difficult decision to withdraw  from @rolandgarros,” he 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.”

The pullout leaves Canadian men thin in the draw after compatriot Vasek Pospisil also withdrew. Shapovalov reached the second round in Paris last October.

Also missing from the field will be 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka and women’s 2018 winner Simona Halep, both injured.


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