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At the time of writing, the 2023 Cincinnati Open hasn’t even come to a close. Yet already, the list of US Open withdrawals is growing rather long, which must be concerning for the tournament organizers. Then again, the number of Cincinnati Open withdrawals this year has been remarkably high too, and this is quite uncharacteristic for an event that is so close to a Grand Slam. However, at this stage in the season, players can be a little wary, and injuries can spring up out of nowhere.
We’ve seen this several times within the last week alone, with players like Murray, Davidovich Fokina, Lajovic, and many others pulling out of the event. For some, they’ve pulled out before stepping on the court. Yet for others, they’ve sustained an injury in the middle of a match that has forced them to pull out. But whatever the circumstances of the withdrawal, it does put that player’s fitness into question as we approach the 2023 US Open.
On that note, while the fitness of some players has been questionable in recent days, for some, there is absolute certainty that they are not ready for New York. I say this because their names are already listed as 2023 US Open withdrawals. And if you haven’t yet seen the list of withdrawals for this tournament, you are about to learn the latest names as I’ve covered them right here.
US Open withdrawals 2023 – shock withdrawals from the fourth Grand Slam of the season
The fourth and final slam of the calendar year is just a couple of weeks away, as mentioned above. And of course, the top players on both the ATP and WTA Tours will be hoping to end the season with a good run in New York. However, when it comes to US Open withdrawals, these players will obviously be ending their Grand Slam campaigns early in 2023. On that note, you’ve no doubt come here to see who these big names are that have dropped out of the US Open this year.
So let me now take you through the players that have dropped out from the tournament over the last few days/weeks.
Having dropped out of the top 100 in the world, Nick Kyrgios is probably the biggest name to have dropped out of the US Open. He withdrew around a week ago after it was apparent that his body just isn’t ready for that level of tennis. Of course, this is directly related to the wrist injury that also forced him to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open this week.
The fact that Jan-Lennard Struff has been added to the list of US Open withdrawals is also a huge shame. This talented German has been playing some of the tennis of his career in 2023, and he has a ranking of 24 at the moment. But unfortunately, due to an ongoing hip injury that has sidelined Struff for a few weeks already, he will officially not be competing in New York.
Cilic is one of the true veterans of the ATP Tour, and at 34 years of age, one has to wonder how much longer he has left at this level. Therefore, it must hurt the great Croat all the more knowing that he’s had to become another of the US Open withdrawals this year. Much like some of the other guys, Cilic has been trying to recover from a long-term knee injury, yet recovery is obviously not going as smoothly as he’d hoped.
Given that Reilly Opelka has withdrawn from the US Open, this means that he has missed all four Grand Slams in 2023. In fact, Opelka hasn’t competed since this time last year, mainly because he just cannot seem to catch a break in the injuries department.
Shapovalov announced that he will be withdrawing from the 2023 US Open on Wednesday, August 16th. As you might recall, he has been battling with a knee injury ever since Wimbledon, and he has decided that there is no chance that he will be 100% fit for the US Open. And given that the Canadian is ranked 22 in the world right now, this is a major absence from the men’s draw.
Roberto Bautista Agut
Bautista Agut, who is currently ranked 37 in the world, has also withdrawn from the US Open this year. The 35-year-old Spaniard has played just one event since Wimbledon 2023, and he lost in the first round of that tournament. And since he has been struggling with an injury since then, it’s perhaps not too surprising to see that the Spaniard has recently withdrawn.
Pablo Carreno Busta
Pablo Carreno Busta has barely played in 2023. He’s had a torrid time with injuries, particularly his elbow, and he has been unable to make a return to the ATP Tour. In fact, he’s managed to compete in just four matches in the entire season, which is obviously far from ideal. Additionally, while he was probably hopeful of a return for the North American hard-court swing, once he withdrew from the Canadian Open and Cincinnati, it was inevitable that he wasn’t making the US Open.
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