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Andy Murray withdraws from US Open with hip injury

The year has gone from bad to worse for Andy Murray. He was knocked out in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon over the summer, and he has now withdrawn from the US Open due to a hip issue two days before the start.

Andy Murray confirmed on Saturday that a nagging hip injury will keep him out of the US Open.

"Unfortunately, I won't be playing here this year," Murray told a news conference at Flushing Meadows in New York.

The Briton had not played since Wimbledon, saying he was "trying to do everything to prepare" for the US Open.

"I spoke to a lot of hip specialists. Tried resting, rehabbing, to try and get myself ready here. Was actually practicing OK the last few days, but it's too sore for me to win the tournament and ultimately that's what I was here to try and do."

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Murray, 30, was to play American Tennys Sandgren in the first round on Monday, when this year's final Grand Slam gets underway.

The Briton had started 2017 as the world's number one after receiving the top ranking last November. However, he lost the top spot to Rafael Nadal in this month's rankings. He has not reached a Grand Slam final this year after reaching three in 2016, most recently losing to American Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Murray won the US Open in 2012, the first of his three Grand Slam titles.

dv/mds (AP, AFP, Reuters)

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