Andy Murray Drops Out of US Open, Cites Hip Injury

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - His voice choking, Andy Murray unexpectedly announced Saturday that he was withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a hip injury, adding to the lengthy list of top players who will miss the year's last Grand Slam tournament.

From the end of Wimbledon, Murray knew he was in a race against time to return to top form in time for the US Open, specialists saying he was not risking greater damage by trying to recover in time.

The world No.2 struggled through Wimbledon with the problem, losing in the quarter-finals to Sam Querrey, but his prospects for Flushing Meadows had looked positive when he travelled to NY last weekend.

The question now is if Murray will play at all the rest of the season.

The Scot travelled to NY but made a decision to pull out after a week of practice.

Because Monday's order of play has not been released, second seed Murray's withdrawal muddles several parts of the US Open draw.

Murray's withdrawal is the latest in a raft of withdrawals that include Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori.

Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament victor, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion and the victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals. The extended break has helped Federer redeem his career, with victories in two out of the three majors in 2017.

"I want to be back on court as soon as I can". Murray said he had hoped that his time off this summer-he hadn't played since. 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 U.S. Roger and Rafa (Nadal) a year ago had a few problems. While Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Nadal made history at Roland Garros without dropping a set.

Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, who lost in qualifying, gets into the 128-man field as a "lucky loser", replacing Murray.

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