Denis Shapovalov, Hubert Hurkacz withdraw from Washington

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Denis Shapovalov, Hubert Hurkacz withdraw from Washington

World No. 10 Denis Shapovalov and Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz have withdrawn from the Citi Open in Washington. Shapovalov, 22, debuted at the Citi Open in 2016, when he lost in the first round. The Canadian returned to Washington two years later and made the round-of-16.

Meanwhile, Hurkacz, 24, had been scheduled to make his third main draw appearance in Washington. Hurkacz debuted on the hard courts of Washington in 2018. Back then, Hurkacz made the second round before losing Frances Tiafoe.

Hurkacz returned to Washington a year later and again finished his campaign in the second round.

Hurkacz out of the Tokyo Olympics

On Tuesday, world No. 12 Hurkacz suffered a shock exit at the Tokyo Olympics. Liam Broady, ranked at No.

143 in the world, handed a 7-5 3-6 6-3 loss to this year's Wimbledon semifinalist Hurkacz. After the match, Broady revealed he did a study on Hurkacz prior to their match. Broady, who mainly plays on the Challenger Tour, earned the biggest win of his career by beating Hurkacz.

“I think it helped watching Hubert a lot over the last few years – I watched him a lot last night. The team put together a few clips for me of him playing against lefties, to sort of get a rough idea of how he plays, and that helped a lot with being more comfortable out there," Broady said, per the ITF website.

“It’s quite a difficult situation for him – he probably has no idea how I play. No fault of his own, obviously, just not many people watch the Challengers. “I don’t think anyone expects very much of me and that works well for me.

Over the last year and a half, I’ve started to put a few results together and started to build stable foundations within my tennis off the court, and that’s starting to pay off this year”.