Is­ner side­lined by sore right knee

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

New US num­ber one John Is­ner, who took back-to-back ti­tles the past two weeks in Newport and At­lanta, with­drew from the ATP Citi Open on Mon­day with a right knee in­jury.

The 32-year-old stand­out, a three­time run­ner-up at the Wash­ing­ton hard­court event, won the 11th and 12th ti­tles of his ca­reer over the past two weeks, down­ing Aus­tralian Matthew Eb­den on Newport grass and com­pa­triot Ryan Har­ri­son in two At­lanta tie-break­ers in the fi­nals.

But the toll prompted Is­ner to with­draw from Wash­ing­ton, where he was seeded ninth and owned a first-round bye, as Masters Se­ries events in Mon­treal and Cincin­nati loom be­fore the US Open starts Au­gust 28.

The twin tri­umphs were enough to boost Is­ner over Jack Sock in the rank­ings to top the Amer­i­can list, Is­ner mov­ing to 18th this week with Sock stay­ing at 19th. Is­ner’s de­par­ture leaves only nine of the world’s top 20 play­ers at the US Open tuneup event in the US cap­i­tal. — AFP

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