Andy Roddicks miserable summer is getting worse and the former world no.1 and last American male to win the US Open looks like arriving at Flushing Meadows this year with minimal match practice after being forced to withdraw from next weeks Rogers Cup in Montreal because the abdominal muscle he injured nearly a month ago is insufficiently healed for him to compete.
Roddick, currently world no.12, was not alone in sending bad news to Eugene Lapierre, tournament director of Canadas leg in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series. World no.5 Robin Soderling is still troubled by a wrist, 18th ranked Jurgen Melzer also has a stomach muscle injury and Guillermo Garcia Lopez, 39th placed this week, is suffering from appendicitis. In addition Xavier Malisse has withdrawn because of personal issues.
The upcoming Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, starting August 14, remains on Roddicks schedule. Writing on Twitter he said: Hopefully I'll be ready for Cincy in 10 days or so. . . Fingers crossed.
The precise description of Roddicks injury is a partial tear of the oblique right sided abdominal muscle, which of course is key to hitting any tennis stroke and particularly the serve. The 28 year-old was also forced to pull out of this weeks Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington DC, owned by his own management company Leader Unlimited, and he has only played one match since losing in Wimbledons third round.
I haven't played well this year for sure," Roddick said at Wimbledon. "I don't think I've played my best since probably April of last year. I've been up against some stuff. But it has to get better.
In May the 28 year-old pulled out of the French Open in May with a right shoulder injury and he was further disappointed with a losing Davis Cup effort against Spain in his home town of Austin, Texas when he lost in straight sets to David Ferrer.
Roddick is clearly fretting about match practice and has signed up to contest the newly instigated Winston Salem Open, beginning on August 20 just a week before the US Open.
We are extremely pleased that Andy has decided to come back to Winston-Salem, where he has had so much success in the past playing for the United States in the Davis Cup, said tournament director Bill Oakes. His addition gives the tournament all the top American players and makes an already-strong field even stronger.
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