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Bopanna skips Rogers Cup to save shoulder for Asiad

Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin had conceded their men's doubles second round after the Indian suffered injury on July 6.

New Delhi: Doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna, recuperating from a shoulder injury, will skip the ATP Rogers Cup beginning in Toronto Monday, and will reach Palembang on August 14 to get acclimatised to the conditions ahead of the Asian Games.

It means that Bopanna will compete at the Asian Games without any competitive match since the Wimbledon Championships. Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin had conceded their men’s doubles second round after the Indian suffered injury on July 6.

“Rohan has recovered from his shoulder injury but he thought it does not make sense to travel all the way to US for just one week. Those are big tournaments and you need to be match sharp,” India’s men’s squad captain Zeeshan Ali said.

“He is losing about 1000 points by not playing these two weeks but he thought it’s a better decision to save his shoulder for the Asian Games. So he is reaching Palembang on August 14 to get used to the conditions,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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