'Injured' Andy Murray pulls out of US Open

Ruben Hill
August 28, 2017

NEW YORK-Andy Murray surprisingly announced his withdrawal from the US Open yesterday because of a hip injury.

Defending his title at the All England club, Murray was ousted in the quarter-final by American Sam Querrey, who took advantage of Murray's clear discomfort from the same injury.

"This is actually why I didn't want to come in here". Unfortunately, I won't be playing. I can play before the end of the year, then that's what I would love to do.

"I spoke to a number of specialists about it to get the best advice possible", Murray said. I'll definitely make a decision on that in the next few days.

The 30-year-old World No.2, victor of the 2012 event, is the fifth player ranked in the ATP Tour's top 11 to withdraw from Flushing Meadows after Serbian two-time champion Novak Djokovic, Swiss defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Japan's Kei Nishikori and Canada's Milos Raonic, reports Efe.

Murray withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Montreal and then the Western and Southern Open this month in the hope of giving his injury more time ahead of the U.S. Open.

"I spoke to a lot of hip specialists". I kind of ran out of time. Maybe if I'd been able to take a little bit more time off. Tried, obviously, resting, rehabbing, to try to get myself ready here. "When you speak to a lot, there is different views and opinions on what the best thing to do is moving forward, and that's a decision I'll need to take now".

"If I get myself fit and healthy, there is no reason why I can't", Murray said.

No. 5 Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, shifts to Murray's slot in the bracket and takes on the man who was supposed to face Murray in the first round, Tennys Sandgren of the United States.

The three-times grand slam victor, who won the U.S. Open in 2012, has been struggling with the injury for much of the summer.

While the likes of Diego Schwartzman, Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could be unsafe, Murray at 100 per cent would certainly be fancied to get past all of them. Querrey's old line in the draw gets filled by the highest-ranked man who was not seeded originally, Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany; he becomes seed No. 33 and plays qualifier Tim Smyczek of the US.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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