Andy Murray Withdraws From U.S. Open
Andy Murray has withdrawn from next week's U.S. Open, citing a hip injury.
Murray, the world's No. 2 ranked player, was set to play Tennys Sandgren in the first round. Because Murray's withdrawal occurred before the release of Monday's order of play, under Grand Slam rules, the U.S. Open draw will be adjusted according to the following rule: If the withdrawal is among seeds No. 1 to 4: the fifth seed is moved into the open position; the fifth position shall be filled by the 17th seed; and the 17th position shall be filled by the next-highest ranked player eligible to be seeded.
That means that for the 2017 U.S. Open, No. 5 seed Marin Cilic moves to Murray’s position and will play Tennys Sandgren. Sam Querrey moves to Cilic’s position and will play Gilles Simon. Philipp Kohlschreiber replaces Querrey and will play Tim Smyczek. Also as a result, Lucky loser Lukas Lacko moves into the main draw.
Now, five of the world's top 11 eleven players have bowed out of the Open.
Novak Djokovic (injured right elbow), defending champion Stan Wawrinka (left knee surgery), Kei Nishikori (injured right wrist) and Milos Raonic (left wrist) have all withdrew because of injuries.
Murray battled a hip injury during Wimbledon as he was beaten in five sets in the quarterfinals by American Sam Querrey.
He also didn't play in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati because of his hip issues.