I do wish they'd leave Roger out of this. OK he's not playing in most of the tournaments leading up to the US Open, but then he never was scheduled to, other than the two TMS events. And Montreal, he's defending champ so with all those points to defend he certainly didn't pull out for no good reason. But these articles just lump him in with every one else and leave the impression he bailed on all these tournaments which isn't the case.
No-shows among top players a growing problem
By Douglas Robson, special for USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — A virus has been spreading through the tennis community during the opening month of the US Open Series: withdrawalitis.
Just three weeks into the North American hardcourt season, a who's who of players has pulled out of events stretching from San Diego to Washington, D.C.
Stars who have left fans and tournament organizers out in the cold include Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne.
Nearly half of the top 10 men and women have pulled out of summer tournaments and are suffering from injuries ranging from mild, such as Sharapova's back strain, to serious, such as Marat Safin's left knee.
"It's definitely not pleasant news for tournament directors and fans," says Raquel Giscafre, the owner and director of the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. The list of absentees there this week includes No. 1 Davenport, No. 2 Sharapova, former champ Henin-Hardenne and Williams. The $1.3 million event is the WTA Tour's only Tier I event all summer.