Denis Shapovalov French Open 2020

‘It is for the best to rest’ – Shapovalov announces French Open withdrawal

Denis Shapovalov has withdrawn from the French Open following his appearance in the final of the Geneva Open, citing injury.

Denis Shapovalov will not take part in the French Open for the first time since turning professional as he announced his withdrawal from this year’s tournament.

“I’m saddened to share that after consulting with my medical team, I’ve made the difficult decision to withdraw from Roland Garros,” the Canadian No. 1 tweeted to his fans.

“Unfortunately, my shoulder has been bothering me and while medical tests look good, it is for the best to rest,” the world No. 14 added.

Shapovalov has not historically gone further than the second round at the French Open. However, the 22-year-old has had a solid clay season so far in 2021, securing a 7-5 win-loss record

Shapovalov peaked in Geneva by defeating strong clay-courters in Marco Cecchinato, Laslo Djere and Pablo Cuevas, reaching the final before falling to  another clay specialist in Casper Ruud.

Such form might have seen the Canadian secure a career-best performance at Roland Garros, but Paris will have to wait until 2022 to see the youngster again.