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'It is for the best to rest,' says Denis Shapovalov as he explains French Open withdrawal

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World number 14 Denis Shapovalov has confirmed he will miss the French Open due to a persistent shoulder injury.

Shapovalov reached the final of Geneva last week before being beaten to the title by Casper Ruud, and he wasn't showing any signs of the injury.

However, it seems he has been battling a long-standing problem for a while and he believes it is time to give it some rest.

“I’m saddened to share that after consulting with my medical team, I’ve made the difficult decision to withdraw from Roland Garros,” Shapovalov said in a Tweet.

“Unfortunately, my shoulder has been bothering me and while medical tests look good, it is for the best to rest,” the world No. 14 added.

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Shapovalov has never won more than one match at any French Open before, which may have been a factor in his decision too.

Last year he beat Gilles Simon before losing out to Roberto Carbelles Baena in round two.

The year before that he lost to Jan Lennard Struff in the first round, and in 2018, which was his first appearance at Roland Garros, he was eliminated by Maximillan Marterer in round two after beating John Millman.

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