Andy Murray has pulled out this year’s US Open due to a re-occurring hip injury just two days before the start of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.
Having not played a match since July 12 at Wimbledon, where he was the defending champion and clearly was hampered by his hip during a five-set quarterfinal loss to Sam Querrey. Murray said on Saturday that the hip first bothered him during his semifinal loss to Stan Wawrinka at the French Open in June.
During a news conference at Flushing Meadows, Murray said he will decide in the ”next couple of days” whether to end his season because of the injury.
Murray has been dealing with hip problems for years, but it has never gotten to the point where it has forced him off the ATP tour.
His withdrawal from the money spinning Grand Slam tournament is the latest in a lengthy list by top men and women who are going to be absent from the event due to one unfortunate occurrence or the other.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka recently had surgery on his left knee. 2 time champion Novak Djokovic, has a bad right elbow. 2014 runner up, Kei Nishikori, has an injured right wrist. 2016 Wimbledon runner up Milos Raonic, who has a problem with his left wrist.
All of them but Raonic have said they are done for the year.
With Murray joining the pool of big guns absent at this year’s US Open, that means 5 of the top 11 men in the ATP rankings will be absent when the US Open starts on Monday.
This leaves Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as the two overwhelming favourites for the men’s trophy.
They were drawn Friday into the same half of the bracket, meaning they could only meet in the semifinals in New York.