NY [U.S.A.] August 27: Andy Murray has pulled out of the US Open because of the right hip injury.
“Was actually practicing okay 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”, he added.
Serious doubt remains, however, about the state of Murray’s hip, which so troubled him at Wimbledon and contributed to a quarter-final exit.
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 guaranteed he will forfeit the No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal.
There were reports of Murray still showing a limp during practice in NY this week, and the Scot will give the first update about his fitness at a press conference on Saturday. It was more a question of whether it would settle down in time.
Murray said he will decide in the “next couple of days” whether to end his season because of the injury. “Obviously I kind of ran out of time”. Five of the world’s top 11 men will be missing from the tournament as the Scot joins Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic on the sidelines.
In the women’s draw, seventh seed Johanna Konta will begin her campaign against Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic but things get tougher fairly quickly for the 26-year-old, who is in the same half as Simona Halep and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. “Unfortunately, I won’t be playing here this year”, The Independent quoted Murray as saying.
“Obviously there has been a lot of players with injuries this year”, Murray said. “Tried obviously resting, rehabbing, to try and get myself ready here”, an emotional Murray said in what, previously, was to be his pre-tournament press conference but ended up being a withdrawal announcement.
As the No. 2 seed, Murray’s withdrawal after the draw leaves a gaping hole in the bottom half.
Out of 64 players in that half, Croatia’s Marin Cilic – who has taken Murray’s place in the draw – is the only player to have won a Grand Slam title: the 2014 US Open. 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.
Philipp Kohlschreiber replaces Querrey and will face Tim Smyczek.
The lucky loser is Lukas Lacko (that nearly rhymes).