Andy Roddick’s summer swing is going from bad to worse. The Washington tournament announced today that the former World No. 1 withdrew today from next week’s Legg Mason due to a “grade 2 strain or partial tear of the oblique abdominal muscle”.
Roddick suffered the injury during a practice.
“Make no mistake; it’s disappointing to lose a player of Andy’s caliber, especially in light of his success and many years of participation throughout his career here in DC,” said Tournament Director, Jeff Newman.
Roddick has struggled for much of the last four months on the tour. After getting tuned handily by Andy Murray at Queen’s, the 28-year-old fell victim to Feliciano Lopez in the third round at Wimbledon before suffering a discouraging loss in straight sets to David Ferrer during a hometown Davis Cup defeat to Spain in Austin.
If fact, since his third round win over John Isner at Indian Wells in March, Roddick hasn’t won a match off grass courts.
Roddick has also battled several ailments including a bad shoulder that kept him out of the French Open and a congestion issue during Indian Well and Miami.
Roddick’s withdrawal leaves the current top seeds at D.C. as Gael Monfils, Mardy Fish and Jurgen Melzer.
The 12th-ranked Roddick is next scheduled for Montreal and then he’ll defend semifinal points in Cincinnati in three weeks.
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