Andy Murray Drops Out of US Open, Cites Hip Injury

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 28, 2017

The Scot joins the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori in missing the US Open but Murray could yet make a return to action before the end of the year, and he will be keen to attempt to defend his ATP World Tour Finals title.

He had spent the six weeks since his quarter-final exit to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon doing everything possible to try to recover in time for Flushing Meadows.

However, after a week of practice Murray has decided he is not fit enough to do himself justice.

Great Britain Davis Cup captain Smith can not understand such thinking, telling Press Association Sport: "If you look at Andy, how many times has he ever retired from matches?"

Kyle Edmund takes on 32nd seed Robin Haase, with qualifier Cameron Norrie making his US Open debut against Dmitry Tursunov.

According to Murray (qtd.at USOpen.org on August 26th): "obviously had the issue with the hip over what's actually been since my match with Stan in Paris".

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. Tried, obviously, resting, rehabbing, to try to get myself ready here. Anyone that already filled out their brackets for their office pools or online competitions will have to go back and make fresh picks with the new-look draw.

"Unfortunately, I won't be playing here this year", Murray told a news conference at Flushing Meadows in NY. "Obviously 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 I'll decide on that in the next couple of days, for sure", he said. I have been practising here and been competitive in practice when I'm not moving close to how I can when I'm healthy.

Murray will certainly be reluctant to undergo surgery at this stage in his career, having taken more than a year to get back to his best after his back operation in 2013.

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.

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