Raonic, Nestor to miss Davis Cup

Raonic, the world number 13, has been sidelined by an adductor tear suffered at the Australian Open. Doubles stalwart Nestor withdrew from the team to travel to Guadeloupe for personal reasons, a statement said.

Milos Raonic, the world number 13, has been sidelined by an adductor tear suffered at the Australian Open.   -  AP

Canada's chances in its upcoming Davis Cup clash with France have suffered a severe blow after Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor were ruled out with injuries, Tennis Canada confirmed on Monday.

Raonic, the world number 13, has been sidelined by an adductor tear suffered at the Australian Open. Doubles stalwart Nestor withdrew from the team to travel to Guadeloupe for personal reasons, a statement said.

"I am deeply saddened to not be able to join my team for the Davis Cup tie in Guadeloupe," said Raonic.

"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."

Nestor, meanwhile, will miss a Davis Cup tie for only the second time in 15 years.

"I'm disappointed that I can't be there with the team this week," said Nestor.

"The last few years we've come a long way and we've had some good opportunities to do well at Davis Cup and it's definitely frustrating that we haven't been able to field our top team and maximize our potential due to some of the injuries and unforeseen circumstances that have arisen."

"I'm wishing the team the best of luck this weekend and will be looking forward to rejoining them for the next one."

Canada captain Martin Laurendeau will name two replacement players at a later date.

This week's tie is taking place on outdoor clay at the Velodrome Amedee Detraux in Guadeloupe from March 4-6.