Injured defending champ Raonic to miss 2015 Citi Open


The 2015 Citi Open men’s field boasts one of the strongest lineups in years with eight Top 20 players already scheduled to compete in Washington, D.C.: Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, Feliciano Lopez, John Isner and Richard Gasquet.

However, the defending champion – Milos Raonic of Canada – will not make the trip to the Nation’s Capital.  A brief return to the court following pre-French Open foot surgery resulted in a third round loss at Wimbledon to Nick Kyrgios, prompting Canada’s top player to rest a bit longer.

“This time around, I want to make sure that I take the right amount of time – that, really, it’s completely behind me and I’m not in a situation of any discomfort,” Raonic said in a teleconference hosted by Tennis Canada on July 9.

Raonic said that he will not compete until the Rogers Cup, which begins in Montreal on Aug. 7.

For more on Raonic’s injuries, recovery time and his summer hardcourt plans leading up to the U.S. Open, listen to the excerpt from his teleconference below.

Audio Slideshow: Milos Raonic Tennis Canada Teleconference – July 9, 2015