CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Andy Murray, a two-time Western & Southern Open champion, has withdrawn from the 2017 tournament citing an ongoing hip injury, officials announced Wednesday.
"Unfortunately I won't be playing in Cincinnati as I continue my recovery," Murray said. "I always enjoy playing there and I look forward to returning next year. I'm continuing to work hard on the court with the aim of being in New York."
Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams have already dropped out due to injury and pregnancy for Williams.
That means Rafael Nadal will be the number one seed in Cincinnati when the tournament begins this weekend.
Roger Federer will be the No. 2 seed, marking the 10th time that he has been one of the top two seeds at the event. A seven-time Western & Southern Open champion, Federer carries a 10-match winning streak into this event, having won the title in each of his last two appearances (2014-15).
This will be the first time Nadal and Federer are the top two seeds at the Western & Southern Open since 2009.
Murray has held the No. 1 ranking on the ATP World Tour since Nov. 7, 2016. Rafael Nadal may overtake him and return to No. 1 by advancing to the semifinals this week in Montreal. Whether Nadal reaches No. 1 this week, the top spot may still be on the line during next week's Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Play begins at the Western & Southern Open on Saturday, Aug 12 with qualifying matches.