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Victoria Azarenka forced to withdraw from National Bank Open in Toronto : Read Why?


Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the National Bank Open in Toronto after her visa application to enter Canada was rejected, she wrote on Twitter.

The two-time Grand Slam champion also recently skipped Wimbledon after the tournament barred Russian and Belarusian players from participating following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russian and Belarusian players can still participate in tennis, but must do so under a neutral flag.

The Toronto Open, which begins Monday, is a WTA 1000 event and one of the most important hard-court tournaments of the summer.
“I wanted to let you know that unfortunately I have to withdraw from the Toronto tournament because my visa was not approved,” Azarenka said. “It’s really disappointing. It’s very sad to lose one of my favorite tournaments.”

“I love playing in Canada, with great fans and a place where I’ve made many friends over the years. Good luck to all the participants in the event.

“See you in Cincinnati,” he concluded, referring to the Cincinnati Masters, which begins Aug. 13″

A statement from tournament organizer Tennis Canada said, “Tennis Canada confirms that Victoria Azarenka was unable to obtain a visa in time to participate in the National Bank Open presented by Rogers.

“Tennis Canada worked hard with Vika and her team on the application and did everything possible to help her, but unfortunately the processing time proved too difficult. We wish Vika all the best for the American hard court season and hope to see her back in Canada next year.”

Azarenka is currently ranked 20th in the world and reached the quarterfinals of the Citi Open last week, where she lost to China’s Wang Xiyu in two sets.

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