Add Andy Murray to the list of top players skipping the U.S. Open with an injury.
Alexander Zverev, the victor of two recent Masters 1000 titles, is now the highest-ranked player in the bottom half of the draw, with Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal both in the top half.
"You know, I obviously spoke to a lot of hip specialists". Tried obviously resting, rehabbing, to try and get myself ready here, " said Murray, who won the 2012 US Open for the first of his three major championships.
The way he looked during a practice session earlier Saturday, it was clear Andy Murray was far from fit and hale enough to make a run at the US Open.
The Scot also found himself on the other side of the draw to both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, meaning his seeded opponent in the semi-finals is German wunderkind Alexander Zverev, who is yet to reach a grand slam quarter-final.
On the women's side, Serena Williams is absent because of her pregnancy, and Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of a child custody matter.
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"I certainly wouldn't have been hurting myself more by trying to play". They were drawn Friday into the same half of the bracket, meaning they could only meet in the semifinals in NY.
"I'll definitely make a decision on that in the next few days", Murray said. "Unfortunately, I won't be playing here this year".
"I want to be back on court as soon as I can", Murray said. I miss competing, and I'll try to get myself back on court as soon as I can.
Murray's slot in the draw will be taken by Marin Cilic, with Sam Querrey moving into the Croatian's original slot. The Brit becomes the fifth high profile withdrawal from the men's draw.
Murray's spot in the tournament will be taken by Lukas Lacko, the lucky loser from the qualifying tournament.
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