Scheduling update: Montreal

Scheduling update: Montreal

Ana has declined a wild card into the main draw of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, which begins on Sunday. The 2006 champion had her initial request turned down several weeks ago, but tournament director Eugene Lapierre contacted Ana’s management company on Tuesday with the new invitation.

Explaining her decision, Ana said: “I would have loved to have played in Montreal, but I was quite hurt by the comments of Mr Lapierre that I was shown in The Montreal Gazette recently.

“I don’t think his comments were necessary, and they contradicted everything he had told my management previously: that I was not getting a wild card because I am not Canadian.

“The fact that my original request was turned down isn’t really an issue: I would have been happy to play qualifying, but I felt that they kind of stepped over the line with this interview, making public our correspondence and even misrepresenting it. Unfortunately I don’t feel welcome at this tournament.

“Anyway, I am playing New Haven in a week or so, and I am currently at my third straight event (Cincinnati). Even though I haven’t played many matches, the training and travel take their toll, and I think this is the right decision to make, for several reasons.

“I’m sorry to anyone who was hoping to see me play in Canada this year. I’d like to thank the fans in Montreal who supported me during the two times I played there. I really enjoyed it.”