| CANAS: Right arm injury
New York: Argentina’s Guillermo Canas joined Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson as withdrawals from next week’s US Open due to injuries, the USTA announced on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Swede has captured seven career titles and reached the fourth round or better three times in his last five US Open appearances. Johansson, who was seeded 12th, was forced to skip the tournament because of a right arm injury.
Canas had to withdraw because of a stress fracture in his right wrist. The injury could not have come at a worse time for the 15th seed after he defeated four top-10 players en route to winning the Tennis Masters Series Canada last month.
Britain’s Greg Rusedski and Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen will take the place of the two injured players in the draw in accordance with Grand Slam tournament regulations.
The US Open starts on Monday and runs until September 8.
Spectators will encounter tighter security measures, including extra police and a ban on umbrellas, video cameras and backpacks.
Last year’s tournament ended two days before the September 11 terrorist attacks. Each ticket-holder will be allowed to bring one bag into the tennis center, where the year’s final Grand Slam tournament starts Monday. Bags must be smaller than 12 inches wide, 12 inches high and 16 inches long.
Other barred items include briefcases, coolers, radios, cans and bottles. And security guards can prevent people from carrying any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate.
“We have an obligation to protect everybody,” US tennis association spokesman David Newman said on Thursday. “We must do everything in our power to have the best security possible.”