Andy Murray has pulled out of this month’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati citing an ongoing hip injury.
The British world No1 has been suffering from a hip problem since before Wimbledon and was forced to skip the ongoing Montreal Masters.
“Unfortunately I won’t be playing in Cincinnati as I continue my recovery,” said Murray, a two-time champion at the event. “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 (for the US Open).”
With the US Open starting in less than four weeks, Murray will be looking to get back to full fitness in time for the final Grand Slam of the season.
Murray might lose his No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal should the Spaniard reach the semi-finals in Montreal this week.
Nadal will be the top seed in Cincinnati and will have another chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking if he fails to take it in Canada.
Federer will be the No. 2 seed, marking the 10th time that he has been one of the top two seeds at the tournament. A seven-time Cincinnati champion, Federer carries a 10-match winning streak into this event, having won the title in each of his last two appearances (2014-15).
This will be the first time Nadal and Federer are the top two seeds at the Western & Southern Open since 2009.
Play begins at the Western & Southern Open on Saturday, Aug 12 with qualifying matches.