Tomas Berdych lost to the world No. 394 Jenson Brooksby in a four-set first round match at the US Open. The Czech player admitted he is struggling a lot physically and his retirement from tennis may happen this year. “My hip hurts, it restricts me to move.
I can’t serve, I can’t even bend, which is a pretty big problem in tennis. So it makes no sense to discuss the match at all. I sacrificed a lot during the summer and believed that I would show something here (at the US Open).
If I came here to attend, I would probably take it more calmly", said Berdych. Asked if he plans to play the 2020 season, Berdych replied: "My idea has more or less disappeared today. I need to be in my fifties by the end of the season to get to the big tournaments.
But with zero (points) from the US Open, it probably won’t work”. Grigor Dimitrov defeated the Italian Andreas Seppi. Speaking to reporters, the Bulgarian former world No. 3 said: "My shoulder is now more or less healthy -- had bothered me since offseason and required racquet adjustments.
First big injury of career, it was driving me crazy and still a little pain here and there, but I feel a lot of upside now."