Milos Raonic has become the latest high-profile player to withdraw from the US Open as he has been unable to recover from a persistent wrist injury.
The world number 11, who has never made it beyond the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, has not played competitively since losing to Jack Sock in the quarter-finals of the Washington Open earlier this month.
The Canadian had hoped to be fit enough to participate in the final Grand Slam of the year, but he has now made the decision to withdraw from the event.
“I have too much respect for the US Open and my fellow competitors to take a spot in the draw when I know I cannot give full effort due to this injury,” he said.
Raonic is the latest in a growing list of big names who will miss this year’s tournament, with two-time winner Novak Djokovic, defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori having already withdrawn while Victoria Azarenka has confirmed her absence in the women’s tournament.
Other big names like Roger Federer and Andy Murray have also been nursing injury issues of later, with the latter having not played competitively since losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
The 2017 US Open gets underway on August 28, with Federer available at 2.25 in the men’s tournament while Garbine Muguruza is 5.25 in the women’s.