• Reuters


Canada’s Davis Cup hopes received a double blow on Monday when world No. 13 Milos Raonic and top doubles player Daniel Nestor pulled out of this weekend’s first-round tie against France in Guadeloupe.

Raonic withdrew from the March 4-6 World Group tie as he is still recovering from an adductor tear suffered at the Australian Open while Nestor, the No. 12 ranked doubles player, ruled himself out due to a last-minute family matter.

“I am deeply saddened to not be able to join my team for the Davis Cup tie in Guadeloupe,” said Raonic in a statement released by Tennis Canada. “Davis Cup has always been and will continue to be a priority in my schedule.

“My body at this moment does not allow me to compete as the muscular tear I sustained in Australia has not completely healed.”

Raonic has not played a match since suffering the injury during the semifinals in Melbourne in January, when he matched his career-best result at a Grand Slam.

He has already been forced to withdraw from the last two ATP Tour events in Delray Beach and Acapulco.

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