Raonic will miss Davis Cup Fi­nals due to back in­jury

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Canada will not have Mi­los Raonic on its ros­ter for the in­au­gu­ral Davis Cup Fi­nals next week in Madrid be­cause of a back in­jury.

The vet­eran ten­nis pro from Thorn­hill, Ont., has strug­gled with in­juries in re­cent years. Raonic missed the U.S. Open be­cause of a back in­jury and has played just three of­fi­cial matches this fall.

“It is very hard and dis­ap­point­ing for me that I will not be able to rep­re­sent my coun­try at Davis Cup,” Raonic said Mon­day in a state­ment.

“My health has con­tin­ued to let me down through this en­tire year and now once again. I will take the ap­pro­pri­ate time to get healthy and I look for­ward to be­ing back on court next sea­son.”

Bray­den Sch­nur of Pick­er­ing, Ont., will re­place the 31stranked Raonic. Sch­nur is cur­rently ranked at No. 94.

Sch­nur will be joined by No. 15 De­nis Shapo­valov of Rich­mond Hill, Ont., No. 21 Felix Auger-Alias­sime of Mon­treal and No. 149 Vasek Pospisil of Van­cou­ver.

“I’m very happy to be able to play in the Davis Cup Fi­nals but, of course, I first want to wish Mi­los a speedy re­cov­ery,” Sch­nur said. “It’s an hon­our for me to rep­re­sent Canada in this team com­pe­ti­tion.”

Canada faces Italy on Nov. 18 and the United States on Nov. 19 in Group F play.

The winners of the six groups and the next two best teams ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Mi­los Raonic

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