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Leon Smith feels criticism of Andy Murray's US Open withdrawal is unfair

Sharapova determined to enjoy the moment Leon Smith feels criticism of Andy Murray's US Open withdrawal is unfair
Kristopher Love | 28 August, 2017, 11:50

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray has become the latest top player to pull out of the US Open, citing a nagging hip injury.

The three-times grand slam victor, who won the US Open in 2012, has been struggling with the injury for much of the summer.

Murray said he would make a decision "in the next couple of days", with surgery an option he may now consider.

Knowing that he could play later this year is not the same as knowing whether or not he should, a question made harder for Murray be positive signs during his workouts for the US Open.

He had spent the six weeks since his quarter-final exit to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon doing everything possible to try to recover in time for Flushing Meadows.

The 30-year-old hinted that he may have to follow the example of Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in taking off the rest of the year to allow the injury to heal fully.

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"Obviously I kind of ran out of time". "But I think Andy will still play for a few more years".

Add in 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic, who has a problem with his left wrist, and Murray, and now five of the top 11 men in this week's ATP rankings will be absent.

That leaves No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer as the two clear favorites for the men's trophy.

"I want to be back on court as soon as I can", he said.

Among the other British players, Heather Watson, bidding to win a main draw match in NY for the first time after six consecutive losses, faces unpredictable Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. If it means that I can play before the end of the year, then that's what I would love to do.

"Obviously there has been a lot of players with injuries this year", Murray said. Tried resting, rehabbing, to try and get myself ready here.

Murray, who was due to face Tennys Sandgren in the first round, has now been forced to pull out of the Grand Slam event two days before it begins as he is "too sore" to compete. The spare space in the draw is filled by lucky loser Lukas Lacko.