Murray withdraws from US Open

Andy Murray has been advised against a six-month break by his former coach Brad Gilbert

Andy Murray has been advised against a six-month break by his former coach Brad Gilbert

"Tried obviously resting, rehabbing, to try and get myself ready here", an emotional Murray said in what, previously, was to be his pre-tournament press conference but ended up being a withdrawal announcement. It's the latest blow to the men's draw after Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka withdrew before the tournament.

It's the first time Murray will miss the US Open.

Andy Murray was handed a very walkable path to the US Open final but whether he is fit enough to take advantage remains to be seen. Did pretty much everything that I could to get myself ready here and took, you know, a number of weeks off after Wimbledon.

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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.

"I'll definitely make a decision on the rest of the year in the next few days", he said in a statement. Obviously there has been a lot of players with injuries this year. Maybe if I'd been able to take a little bit more time off.

"But unfortunately that has not been the case". And that's a decision I'll need to take now. I miss competing, and I'll try to get myself back on court as soon as I can.

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"I have been practising here and been competitive in practice when I'm not moving close to how I can when I'm healthy".

Murray announced his withdrawal on Saturday, two days before the start of the tournament.

The No. 2 seed was scheduled to play Tennys Sandgren in the first round.

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While the likes of Diego Schwartzman, Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could be risky, Murray at 100 per cent would certainly be fancied to get past all of them. No. 17 seed moves into Cilic's position, and Philipp Kohlschreiber becomes the No. 33 seed and moves into Querrey's position in the draw.

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