Andy Murray has been installed as the top seed at the Rogers Cup Canadian Open tennis championships, but there’s no guarantee the world’s top-ranked player will be 100 per cent healthy.
Murray has been struggling with a hip injury and was limping as he lost to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon. Murray has been undergoing an extensive rehabilitation program and last week posted a video which featured him against a wall.
He’s aiming for a strong performance at the U.S. Open and is scheduled to play warmup events in Montreal and the following week in Cincinnati.
However, defending Champion Novak Djokovic who has dropped to No. 5 in the ATP rankings, is out for the rest of the year with an elbow injury, but the Montreal event will have the top four with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka seeded behind Murray.
Milos Raonic has dropped to No. 10 and will be the ninth seed. That means he won’t get a bye in the first round and could meet a top seed in the third round. He’s the only Canadian with a direct entry into the main draw. Vasek Pospisil and 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov have been awarded wild-card entries. Peter Polansky and Brayden Schnur are expected to get the two final wild cards later this week. At least four other Canadians will play in the qualifying event, which begins Saturday at Jarry Park.
Katerina Pliskova, who has reached the spot in the WTA Tour rankings without winning a Grand Slam event, will be the top seed in the Rogers Cup women’s event in Toronto. Simona Halep is No. 2, followed by Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza.
No Canadians qualified for the women’s main draw, but Eugenie Bouchard, who has slipped to No. 73, will be receiving a wild card along with fellow Montrealer Françoise Abanda.
A number of Canadians are warming up for the Rogers Cup at the Citi Open in Washington, and they had mixed results Monday.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu of Mississauga defeated Camila Giorgi of Italy 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, but Abanda lost to fourth-seeded Julaa Goerges of Germany 6-4, 6-4.
In men’s play, Pospisil lost to Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Bouchard opens play Aug. 8 against 10th-seeded American Christina McHale. Raonic received a first-round bye and doesn’t play until Aug. 9.