Injured Murray pulls out of US Open

Ruben Hill
August 28, 2017

British number one Andy Murray has withdrawn from next week's US Open in NY due to a persistent hip injury.

Murray, 30, could now be forced to take the rest of the year off - as Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka have done - to enable the injury to fully heal.

That leaves No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer as the two clear favorites for the men's trophy.

Murray, who has not played since his Wimbledon quarterfinal defeat to Sam Querrey in July, has struggled with a hip issue throughout the season, and despite previous rumours that he would be ready in time for the tournament, the Brit has become the latest player to pull out of the tournament. "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".

But Murray remains hopeful of following the example of Federer and Nadal, who both missed extensive periods due to injury past year and bounced back to win all three Majors and four Masters this season.

"I don't think there needs to be that much addressing because the players, they have the option not to play as much as sometimes they have to or want to". I kind of ran out of time... If it means that I can play before the end of the year, then that's what I would love to do. However over the last couple of years it seems like the casualty list is beginning to reach its breaking point.

This year Murray has looked tired for most of the season, has claimed just one title, back in March and reached just one other final [in Doha], giving him his lowest total since 2006.

"I have been playing sets the last few days and I'm really happy how I'm feeling. few days out of the first round here now", he said.

The news of Murray's withdrawal jumbles around the draw as he was a top player.

Andy Murray was handed a very walkable path to the US Open final but whether he is fit enough to take advantage remains to be seen.

Last year's Wimbledon runner-up, Milos Raonic, withdrew from the Open, though, because of an injured left wrist. Under Grand Slam rules, the man seeded 17th - in this case Querrey - moves to Cilic's vacated spot and will play Gilles Simon of France.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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