19 Jul 2009

Roddick pulls out of Indianapolis

11:44 am on 19 July 2009

Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick has delayed his return to tennis for the second time in three weeks, pulling out as top seed at the Indianapolis Championships.

The American, who fell to Roger Federer for a third time in a final at the All England club, is taking his time in finding his feet after the devastating loss, which gave the Swiss an historic 15th grand slam singles trophy.

Roddick's coach Larry Stefanki telephoned tournament officials with the bad news that the 26-year-old was still suffering from the hip flexor injury which bothered him in during the grasscourt season.

The withdrawal from Indianapolis comes little more than a week after the 2003 US Open winner opted to skip a Davis Cup date for the US, with the 32-time champion Americans falling to a heavy quarter-final loss against Croatia as a result.

Roddick has given no indication of when he will be mentally and physically up to re-joining the tennis wars, with the Indianapolis event marking the start of the hardcourt build-up to the US Open, which begins on August 31.