Andy Murray heads to the US Open with his world No 1 ranking guaranteed to slip to Rafael Nadal after a season plagued by fitness concerns.
The 2012 US Open champion finished last season with five tournament victories in succession, culminating in World Tour Finals success over Novak Djokovic to claim the No 1 ranking to go with Wimbledon and Olympic gold.
He kicked off 2017 by reaching the final in Qatar, but then suffered a shock exit at the Australian Open and despite collecting his first title of the season in Dubai, little has gone right for the 30-year-old.
Murray did enjoy a run to the semi-finals at Roland Garros - where he lost to losing finalist Stan Wawrinka - but an abrupt end to his Queen's defence was the pre-cursor to a quarter-final exit at Wimbledon at the hands of Sam Querrey.
The Brit has not played since that defeat, pulling out of the Cincinnati Masters after a recurrence of his hip injury. He will hope to return to somewhere near his physical best for the start at Flushing Meadows on August 28/29.