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Sport Raonic, Bencic pull out of French Open

15:40  27 september  2020
15:40  27 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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. . Canada’s Milos Raonic and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic have pulled out of the French Open , organisers said on Thursday Raonic , ranked 20th in the world, played the Italian Open last week and was eliminated in the second round. Meanwhile, women’s world number 10 Bencic was knocked out

PARIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Canada's Milos Raonic and Switzerland's Belinda Bencic have pulled out of the French Open , organisers said on Thursday as they made. Raonic , ranked 20th in the world, played the Italian Open last week and was eliminated in the second round.

PARIS (Reuters) - Canada's Milos Raonic and Switzerland's Belinda Bencic have pulled out of the French Open, organisers said on Thursday as they made the draw for the final Grand Slam of the year.

Milos Raonic hitting a ball with a racket: ATP Masters 1000 - Italian Open © Reuters/POOL ATP Masters 1000 - Italian Open

Raonic, ranked 20th in the world, played the Italian Open last week and was eliminated in the second round.

Meanwhile, women's world number 10 Bencic was knocked out in straight sets in her first match in Rome after getting a bye into the second round.

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World number 22 Milos Raonic has pulled out of next week's French Open with injury. The French Open , the second Grand Slam of the year, starts in Paris on 27 May. Raonic is due to play at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's, which starts on 18 June, while Wimbledon begins on 2 July.

Raonic , a French Open quarter-finalist in 2014, missed the back end of last season with the knee injury and made a first round exit at the Australian Open on his return in January. He pulled out in the round of 16 at the Monte Carlo Masters in April after a recurrence of the problem

Bencic's withdrawal means only six of the top 10 ranked women's players will compete at Roland Garros, with defending champion Ash Barty, U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu skipping the tournament.

Belinda Bencic hitting a ball with a racket: Tipsport Elite Trophy tennis tournament © Reuters/DAVID W CERNY Tipsport Elite Trophy tennis tournament

Spain's Fernando Verdasco was also a late withdrawal.

The French Open, usually held in May-June but postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, begins on Sunday.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)


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Analysis: Swiatek, younger set thriving in women's tennis .
Iga Swiatek took note when Naomi Osaka was accumulating three Grand Slam trophies by age 22. Swiatek also was paying attention, of course, when Bianca Andreescu won her first major at 19. And when Sofia Kenin added her name to the list of Slam champions at 21. “For sure, it’s, like, inspiring. I know that there are no limits,” Swiatek, still just 19 herself, said Saturday after winning the French Open for the first tour-level title of her nascent career. “Even though you’re really young, and you’re an underdog, you can do a lot in a sport like tennis.

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