2023 Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur has withdrawn from the National Bank Open in Montreal due to a knee injury, the tournament announced. Jabeur, 28, won't be making her third main draw appearance at the National Bank Open - which takes place one year in Montreal and the other in Toronto.
At the National Bank Open in Montreal, Jabeur made her lone appearance in 2021 - when she reached the quarterfinal before losing to Jessica Pegula. In Toronto, Jabeur failed to make it past the qualifying event in 2019 before suffering a second-round defeat last year.
Jabeur, who last played at Wimbledon, is dealing with a knee injury and she is forced to delay the start of her summer on hard courts. "I feel sad that I have to withdraw from the National Bank Open in Montreal. I hope to come back to my fans next year in Canada.
Lots of love!" Jabeur said in a statement.
The National Bank Open organizers disappointed over the Jabeur withdrawal
Valerie Tetreault, who is the tournament director at the National Bank Open in Montreal, says it is "obviously disappointing" for the tournament not to have Jabeur at this year's tournament edition.
"We are obviously disappointed that Ons (Jabeur) will not be joining us this year. She is an exceptionally talented player, who is highly appreciated not only by fans but also by the entire tennis community. On the other hand, we still have an extremely strong player field with 19 of the Top 20 players in the world.
Fans can therefore expect an unforgettable experience during their visit to IGA Stadium," Tetreault said. At Wimbledon, Jabeur was doing great but then suffered a massive disappointment. In the Wimbledon final, Jabeur was the favorite but she ended up losing to Marketa Vondrousova and falling to a 0-3 record in her Grand Slam finals.
Now that Jabeur is out of Montreal, the earlier we could see Jabeur in action is in Cincinnati, which starts on August 14th.