ANDY MURRAY has suffered an injury scare just over two weeks before the start of the US Open.
The 2012 New York champion had to apologise to the Canadian Open crowd after withdrawing from the tournament with an abdominal strain.
The Scot, 36, had been down to face Italian Jannik Sinner but the match never went ahead and the seventh seed received a walkover into the quarter-finals.
The world No.40 came out on to the Toronto court without his racquet and addressed the crowd to explain his situation.
He said: “Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to play this evening. I’m really sorry.
“I feel like I have let you down. I have rarely been in this situation in my career. I feel terrible.
“I had a very similar issue last year at the tournament in Stuttgart before Wimbledon, which forced me to miss the Queen’s Club tournament.
“But I was able to play Wimbledon. It took me about 10-12 days before I was feeling good again. This is not as bad as that.
“Obviously the danger is if you compete and play on it, you make it worse.
“I need to see how it develops over the coming days and hopefully feel better in a few days. I’m really sorry.”
This is only the seventh time in Murray‘s illustrious 18-year professional career that he has conceded a walkover.
The last time it happened was before a scheduled clash with then world No.1 Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Masters in May 2022.
The US Open begins on Monday August 28 and Carlos Alcaraz as well as Iga Swiatek are the defending singles champions.