Tennis

Canada's Milos Raonic withdraws from upcoming Davis Cup Finals with back injury

Canada will not have Milos Raonic on its roster for the inaugural Davis Cup Finals next week in Madrid because of a back injury.

Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ont. will step in as Canada faces Italy on Nov. 18

Milos Raonic has pulled out of Canada's upcoming Group F Davis Cup matches against Italy and the United States due to a back injury. On Monday the native of Thornhill Ont., - who has struggled with injuries in recent years - said he needed to take time to heal. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press )

Canada will not have Milos Raonic on its roster for the inaugural Davis Cup Finals next week in Madrid because of a back injury.

The veteran pro from Thornhill, Ont., has struggled with injuries in recent years. Raonic missed the U.S. Open because of a back injury and has played just three official matches this fall.

"It is very hard and disappointing for me that I will not be able to represent my country at Davis Cup," Raonic said Monday in a statement. "My health has continued to let me down through this entire year and now once again. I will take the appropriate time to get healthy and I look forward to being back on court next season."

Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ont., will replace the 31st-ranked Raonic. Schnur has climbed 100 spots in the rankings this year and is currently at No. 94.

Schnur will be joined by No. 15 Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., No. 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and No. 149 Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver.

"I'm very happy to be able to play in the Davis Cup Finals but, of course, I first want to wish Milos a speedy recovery," Schnur said. "It's an honour for me to represent Canada in this team competition."

Canada faces Italy on Nov. 18 and the United States on Nov. 19 in Group F play.

The winners of the six groups and the next two best teams advance to the quarter-finals.

 

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