Raonic the latest to skip new-look Davis Cup

Milos Raonic has become the latest injury casualty to skip out on the new-look Davis Cup, with the Canadian withdrawing on Monday from the condensed, one-week version of the longtime classic.

Tennis Canada broke the news that the chronically injured player would not front up in Madrid when play begins in a week due to a back problem.

Canada will now be represented by newcomer Brayden Schnur, and proven youngsters Denis Shapovalov  and Félix Auger-Aliassime with veteran Vasek Pospisil in the wings.

“It is very hard and disappointing for me that I will not be able to represent my country at Davis Cup,” the 32nd-ranked Raonic said.

“My health has continued to let me down through this entire year and now once again. I will take the appropriate time to get healthy and I look forward to being back on court next season.”

He added a word of support: “I believe in my teammates, and I know they’ll give everything to secure Canada’s first Davis Cup title. I’ll be following them very closely and I wish them the best.”

The Davis Cup, now run under the Spanish flag in the capital city, will do away with the long-time four-times-per-year scenario in favour of an untried and controversial one-week shootout among 18 qualifying nations.

Canada has been placed in Group F along with the US and Italy at the event to be held on indoor hardcourt.

Winners of the six groups and a pair of runners-up qualify into the quarters, which will be straight knockout.

So far, the Davis will be missing Roger Federer, with Novak Djokovic and (likely) Rafael Nadal in the preliminary mix. Croatia’s former US Open winner Marin Cilic has also withdrawn due to injury (knee).

Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online

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