U.S. Open warm-up tournaments in New Haven and Winston-Salem have been hit with a rash of withdrawals and retirements.
On Monday, Winston-Salem lost its only two Top 20 players in Tomas Berdych (shoulder) and John Isner (hip) to injuries sustained in Cincinnati. Young American Jack Sock was also a casualty, retiring with a right leg injury in the third set of his first-round match against David Goffin.
Isner grew up in nearby in Greensboro, North Carolina. He defeated Berdych, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9), in the 2012 Winston-Salem final.
“I don’t foresee an instance where I don’t plan on playing this tournament,” he told reporters. “Two years ago coming into this tournament, I wasn’t playing as well, and I won the tournament and made the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. There are pros and cons of playing the week before, but I have always been a guy, I play the week before a Grand Slam. This year is a little different because I think I would put myself at further risk.”