Tennis

Bianca Andreescu to miss Wimbledon due to ongoing shoulder injury

Bianca Andreescu, Canada's top-ranked women's tennis player, has dropped out of Wimbledon because of an ongoing shoulder injury. The 19-year-old also withdrew from the French Open last month after winning her first match.

Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil set to return following back surgery in January

Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., will not compete at Wimbledon next month because of an ongoing right shoulder injury that forced the 19-year-old to exit the French Open in May after her first match. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

Canada's Bianca Andreescu has dropped out of Wimbledon because of an ongoing shoulder injury.

The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Canada's top-ranked women's player at No. 25, withdrew from the French Open last month after winning her first match because of the right shoulder problem.

Andreescu suffered the injury in March. She pulled out of a fourth-round match at the Miami Open due to a subscapularis muscle tear in the rotator cuff of her right shoulder.

The injury came after an excellent start to the season for Andreescu, highlighted by an improbable run to the BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, Calif., in March.

Andreescu's withdrawal leaves Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., as the only Canadian in the women's singles main draw, which starts July 1.

Tennis Canada is hoping Andreescu is ready for the summer hard-court season. It has been promoting Andreescu as the Tuesday night headliner for the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Aug. 6.

Herniated disc in back

Meanwhile, it appears at least four Canadian men will be in the main singles draw at Wimbledon after Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil announced he is ready to return from a back injury.

Canada's Vasek Pospisil said Monday his back injury has improved enough for him to compete at Wimbledon next week. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)
In a tweet Monday with a photo of himself at the All England Club, Pospisil said "Wouldn't want my comeback tournament to be any other than Wimbledon. So happy to be back and grateful for being healthy & ready for competition again."

Pospisil, who turned 29 on Sunday, underwent surgery in January to repair a herniated disc. He injured his back during a qualifying match at the Paris Masters last October.

While his ranking has slipped to 188th in the world, Pospisil has a protected ranking of No. 73. If an ATP Tour player is out six to nine months, he can use that protecteed ranking for nine tournaments or nine months — whichever comes first.

Pospisil is expected to join world No. 17 Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., No. 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and No. 27 Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., in the main draw, which starts on July 1.

Meanwhile, two of three Canadian men won first-round qualifying matches on Monday.

Toronto's Steven Diez downed Japan's Tatsuma Ito 6-4, 6-1 and Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ont., beat France's Maxime Janvier 6-3. 6-2.

Schnur and Diez will square off in the second round. Players must win three qualifying matches to be guaranteed a spot in the main draw.

No. 31 qualifying seed Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., lost 6-1, 6-1 to Attila Balasz of Hungary on Monday.

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