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30 August 2017, 02:12 | Kristopher Drake
Andy Murray pulls out of US Open with injury
Recently dethroned world number one Andy Murray has pulled out of the US Open citing a hip injury which he has been suffering for the past four months.
In fact, the bottom half in which Murray would have found himself may be the weakest looking segment of a men's Grand Slam draw this decade, such is the absenteeism among those who would normally be considered contenders.
The Scot, who had not played since Wimbledon, said he had tried everything to be fit for the final grand slam of the year which starts on Monday.
Former US Open Champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka both withdrew earlier in the year while Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic followed suit in recent weeks. "But it's too sore for me to win the tournament and ultimately that's what I was here to try and do, so unfortunately I won't be playing this year".
"I certainly wouldn't have been hurting myself more by trying to play". Maybe if I'd been able to take a little bit more time off.
Murray - who has been struggling with the injury since before Wimbledon - announced the decision on Saturday, just two days before the tournament begins.
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?" I kind of ran out of time...
"But I'll prepare myself the best way possible, so that I will have the best chance to really excel there in NY".
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"But obviously I'll need to make the correct decision and really think it through these next couple of days with my team".
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"On the court, obviously I felt that I'm just lacking a little bit of that consistency point after point, to be continuing with my aggression, with my tennis".
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. If it means that I can play before the end of the year, then that's what I would love to do.
Murray fought back tears as he made the announcement, and Smith, a close friend, said: "He's in the truest sense of the word a competitor". I miss competing, and I'll try to get myself back on court as soon as I can.
Murray's opponent, Tennys Sandgren, will now face 5th seed Marin Cilic, with Philipp Kohlschreiber entering proceedings as the 33rd seed.
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