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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic pulls out of Cincinnati tournament

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Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, withdrew from next week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati due to a left wrist injury, he announced on Wednesday.

The hardcourt tournament in Cincinnati is one of the main warmup events for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29.

“I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play this year in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open,” Djokovic said in a statement. “I have a recurring injury that has taken its toll on my body due to a very busy and active schedule this year. I have played many matches and I have to take some rest in order to heal.

“I always have my hopes high on returning to Cincinnati and winning the only trophy I am missing in the Masters (1000) series.”

Djokovic has been a runner-up in Cincinnati five times but has never won the event.

The 29-year-old is not expected to play in another tournament before the U.S. Open.

Djokovic has won seven tournaments this year, including the Australian Open and the French Open. He lost in the third round at Wimbledon and dropped his first-round match at the Olympics to Juan Martin del Porto.