Denis Shapovalov has announced that he is forced to skip the upcoming US Open due to his ongoing knee injury. Shapovalov, 24, made his US Open debut in 2017. Unfortunately for Shapovalov, he won't be making his seventh consecutive US Open appearance this year.
Shapovalov's best US Open result came in 2020, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta. Shapovalov tried his best to be ready for the US Open but his knee needs more time. "Despite doing everything possible to be 100% healthy in time for @usopen, my knee needs more time and I sadly have to withdraw.
That grand slam energy, especially in NYC, is unlike anything else and I’m really going to miss playing in front of the amazing fans there this year!" Shapovalov wrote on X.
Despite doing everything possible to be 100% healthy in time for @usopen, my knee needs more time and I sadly have to withdraw.
That grand slam energy, especially in NYC, is unlike anything else and I’m really going to miss playing in front of the amazing fans there this year! 💔 pic.twitter.com/aQmAvF7DUs — Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) August 16, 2023
Shapovalov hinted this could happen after exiting Wimbledon
Shapovalov last played at Wimbledon, where he suffered a round-of-16 loss to Roman Safiullin.
After losing to Safiullin, Shapovalov said he was hampered by a knee issue that was bothering him for quite some time. Also after the loss, Shapovalov indicated he could decide to take a break and address the knee injury. "Yeah, that's probably the worst that it's been in a long time.
Yeah, need to talk with the team. Need to try to see some more specialists and see what I can do. But I think I've held off enough points making third round of French, fourth round here. So maybe it is a good time to take a break, try to fix this, and come back for the fall.
But then again, I would be missing an important part of the season which I love to play, which is in North America. So yeah, it's tough, but unfortunately that's our life (smiling)," Shapovalov said. Now that Shapovalov is out of the US Open and set to miss the entire North American hard court swing, his focus switches to being ready for the indoor swing that starts in late September.