Tennis: Navratilova out of US Open

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MARTINA NAVRATILOVA yesterday stated that she will not be competing in the US Open beginning on 29 August, this year's last major event.

The four-times winner does not feel she is fit enough to play in New York, which means that this summer's Wimbledon marked her final appearance in a grand slam tournament.

'My 37-year-old body is telling me to play on indoor surfaces and I think it's time to listen,' she said. 'I've only been home for two days since May and I want to spend some time preparing physically and mentally for the four or five other tournaments I will play before I retire from singles at the end of the year.'