December 8, 2021

Andy Murray pulled out of Miami open over “freak” injury

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Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray was forced to withdrew from the Miami Open after suffering a “freak” groin injury that incurred during practice over the weekend. Ranked No. 119 and initially awarded a main draw wild card into the Miami Open tennis tour, Murray announced his withdrawal from the Masters event he won twice—most recently in in 2013.

“I don’t know where it came from and why it happened,” Murray told press from Miami. “I woke up at about 2:30 [a.m.], felt like my groin was a bit sore. When I got up at six in the morning to go to the toilet, I was in a lot of pain walking. I have no idea what I did, it’s one of those freak things.” Stay connected and notified for more tennis predictions today.

The 33-year-old, who has been initially awarded a main draw wild card into the tour, is the latest to have withdrawn from the Miami event, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all pulled out of the men’s draw while former world number one Serena Williams withdrew. He was due to face Lloyd Harris in the first round. His place in the draw will be filled by a qualifier or lucky loser.

“I am really gutted,” Murray added speaking about his disappointment over the forced withdrawal. “This is a place I have done so much training over the years. It’s like my second home. Last time I played here was 2016 and so much has happened. In 2017 I had an elbow issues, last few years various issues with my hip. Last year, the day before I was supposed to travel here COVID stopped the tennis tour.”

The two-time former Miami titlist, who has not played at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament since 2016, last competed earlier this month at the Rotterdam Open. After withdrawing from Dubai last week because of the birth of his fourth child, Miami marked Murray’s last card on hard courts before the clay-court season begins.

Miami Open is the first ATP 1000 tournament of 2021 and the first WTA 1000 tournament in North America. Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem, each earned a US Open crown, also withdrew from this tour. Marin Cilic, who won the US Open in 2014, is the only men’s major champion entered. Along with Williams, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Bianca Andreescu and Iga Swiatek all pulled out.

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