Tennis: Czech Tomas Berdych pulls out of US Open due to illness

Berdych competing in Cincinnati, in the US, on Aug 17, 2016.
Berdych competing in Cincinnati, in the US, on Aug 17, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - World number eight Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic has pulled out of the US Open after suffering an appendicitis, he said on Saturday (Aug 20).

"I am very disappointed to announce I will not be able to compete at the US Open this year," the 30-year-old wrote on Twitter.

"I was just diagnosed with appendicitis in Cincinnati so I will be flying back to Europe for additional checks and treatment," he added.

"I will need to take some time off to recover fully but I know I will get back as strong as ever."

Berdych, who lost in this year's Wimbledon semi-finals to eventual champion Andy Murray, pulled out of the Rio Olympic Games due to fears over the Zika virus.

The US Open starts on Aug 29.