Andy Murray pulls out of Cincinnati Open
Andy Murray has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open as he continues his recovery from his hip injury.
The Scot has not played since he lost in five sets to American Querrey on Centre Court at Wimbledon last month and took to Facebook to reveal that he had pulled out of the US Open tune up event.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be playing in Cincinnati as I continue my recovery.
“I always enjoy playing there and I look forward to returning next year. I’m continuing to work hard on the court with the aim of being in New York.”
The world number one has been hampered with a hip injury for some time, and will now be in a race to be ready for the season's final grand slam, the US Open, which begins on August 28 in Flushing Meadows.
Murray's insistence that he could still play in New York is a good sign after initial fears his injury could rule him out for the rest of the season.
Last week Murray pulled out of the Masters 1000 event in Montreal, and Cincinnati represented his final chance for a competitive warm-up prior to the US Open.
Murray's absence means he could make his return having been usurped as world number one by Rafael Nadal, who will reclaim top spot if he reaches the semi-finals this week.
And the Scot is not the only player feeling the effects of a gruelling season.