TORONTO (AP) — Monica Seles withdrew from next month’s Rogers AT&T Cup tennis tournament Wednesday because of a left foot injury.
We are disappointed that Monica's injury will prevent her from competing,'' tournament director Stacey Allaster said.She has always enjoyed competing in Canada. We wish her the very best in her recovery from injury.”
Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew two weeks ago, citing a scheduling conflict. The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 11-17.
Seles has been out of action since a first-round appearance at the French Open. She always has been a sentimental favorite in Canada, where she launched her comeback in 1995 following more than two years away from tennis after she was stabbed by a deranged fan.
No. 2 Kim Clijsters of Belgium will be the highest-ranked player in the tournament. Forty-one of the top 50 players in the world have confirmed they will play, including Clijsters, Venus Williams, Justine Henin-Hardenne, defending champion Amelie Mauresmo of France and 46-year-old Martina Navratilova.