Murray pulls out of US Open with hip injury
- Author: Angelo Rivera Aug 31, 2017,
Aug 31, 2017, 1:06
Thirty-year-old Murray joins 12-times grand slam victor Novak Djokovic and 2016 U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka in missing the tournament through injury.
Murray, the champion in NY in 2012, also pulled out of the Masters tournament in Cincinnati leading up to the U.S. Open, a move that gave the No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal.
Murray - who has been struggling with the injury since before Wimbledon - announced the decision on Saturday, just two days before the tournament begins.
"I obviously spoke to a lot of hip specialists, tried resting, rehabbing, to try and get myself ready here". Top-seeded Nadal and third-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom have previously taken extended hiatuses to deal with injuries, were asked if there was anything the ATP tour should be doing to stem the tide of ailing players.
He now joins the list of high profile absentees at the US Open this year - Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.
2017 US Open: Five of the Top-11 players have withdrawn.
"I was actually practising OK the last few days but it's too sore for me to win the tournament, and ultimately that's what I was here to try and do". I miss competing, and I'll try to get myself back on court as soon as I can.
The 36-year-old Federer turned the tables this year, winning all three games against his old nemesis, starting in January at the Australian Open, moving on to the Miami Open final and then the Indian Open quarterfinals. It was more a question of whether, you know, it would settle down in time. Fans are, apparently, ready for a wide-open men's field, knowing that each round will bring suspense, something sorely lacking in the previous two Grand Slams where Nadal's tenth title at the French Open and Federer's eighth at Wimbledon were all but foregone conclusions. Obviously, I kind of ran out of time maybe if I'd been able to take a little bit more time off.
"I certainly wouldn't have been hurting myself more by trying to play. Unfortunately, I won't be playing here this year". "But I'll decide on that in the next couple of days, for sure".
I'd also look for young American, France Tiafoe, to make waves tonight in his opening match against Federer, who tweaked his back in Montreal during the finals match against Zverev.
World number seven Marin Cilic will take Murray's place at the foot of the draw and will now be one of the favourites to reach the final from the bottom half.