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Murray pulls out of US Open, may miss rest of season

Murray pulls out of US Open, may miss rest of season

Murray pulls out of US Open, may miss rest of season

We have all seen the effect taking a prolonged period of time off has made for both Roger Federer, winning two Grand Slams in 2017, and Rafael Nadal, and with Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori all calling time on their 2017 season early to recover from various injuries, Murray now has to consider making a similar move.

Briton Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion whose first major title came in 2012 on the NY hardcourts, was uncertain about his status for the remainder of the season. Now he has the left hip injury which stops him from playing the US Open 2017.

"The guys who are hurt lately, it's mostly because they are 30-plus", 36-year-old Federer said during a press conference on Saturday ahead of the U.S. Open, which kicks off on Monday.

The Swiss' rivalry with 31-year-old Nadal has stretched 13 years and 37 matches, but the duo have never met at the US Open. "If it means I can play before the end of the year, then that's what I would love to do. I spoke to a lot of hip specialists, tried resting, rehabbing, to try to get myself ready", Murray said on his condition, as quoted by the Guardian.

Should Murray decide not to play for the rest of the year, his ranking is likely to slide to around 16th. However, it was not as pronounced as the time when he lost to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, after which he has not played for six weeks.

Murray's exit is the latest addition to the top seeds who'll be absent from Flushing Meadows inlcuding defending champion Stan Wawrinka and former world number one Novak Djokovic. It was more a question of whether it would settle down in time.

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Speaking about the withdrawal, Murray said, "I was actually practising okay the last few days".

"I don't think the tour is doing much wrong, to be quite honest", he said of the ATP schedule, which runs from January to November.

Nineteen-times grand slam champion Roger Federer does not believe the gruelling professional tennis schedule should be shortened, despite a rash of injuries, including to some marquee names. I have been practicing here and competitive in practice when I'm not moving close to how I can when I'm healthy.

I'd also look for young American, France Tiafoe, to make waves tonight in his opening match against Federer, who tweaked his back in Montreal during the finals match against Zverev.

And Kohlschreiber's spot in the draw will be filled by Slovakian qualifying lucky loser Lukas Lacko.

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