Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams are already on the missing list of the Miami Open 2021, while the former World No.1 Andy Murray has included his name after announcing his withdrawal on Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, the three-time Grand Slam champion arrived in Miami. Having intended to make his comeback since 2016, he trained next a couple of days at the Crandon Park Tennis Center.
However, while sleeping on Friday night, Murray felt pain in the right groin and struggled quite a bit to walk. From that moment, he has not practised and eventually pulled out of the tournament.
“I had no issues while training, felt fine, did some gym work Friday, no problem, and then I woke up about 3 in the morning, felt pain in the groin, not on the side I had my surgery, and when I got out of bed I struggled quite a bit to walk,” Andy Murray stated in an interview.
The Scot continued, “I have no idea what I did. It’s one of those freaky things. Each day it has gotten progressively better, but it’s not enough. I have not practised since Friday.”
“It’s Like My Second Home”: Andy Murray on Playing in Miami
Murray won the Miami Masters title in 2009 and 2013 while he fell in the championship match in 2012 and 2015.
“I am really gutted. This is a place I have done so much training in over the years. It’s like my second home. The last time I played here was 2016, and so much has happened,” the former US Open champion added.
“In 2017, I had elbow issues, and in the last few years, various problems with my hip. Last year, the day before I was supposed to travel here, COVID stopped the tennis tour. Miami’s been a place that has given me a lot, but this just wasn’t meant to be,” Murray concluded.
Hopefully, the two-time Olympic Gold Medalist will recover soon and continue to entertain us.