Andy Murray: ‘F***ing hell, just give me a break’ – freak injury frustrates Scot


Murray has suffered another setback (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Andy Murray admitted he doesn’t know the extent of his latest injury and admitted he is finding it ‘harder’ to motivate himself to continue rehab after another setback.

Murray, the two-time Wimbledon champion from Dunblane, was due to make his first appearance at Masters 1000 level since last August at this week’s Miami Open but a ‘freak’ groin injury forced him to withdraw.

‘I woke up in the middle of the night at about 2:30, rolled over and felt like my groin was a bit sore,’ said Murray. ‘When I got up at 6 in the morning to go to the toilet, I was in a lot of pain walking.

‘Any time I extended my left hip and stuff, it was a struggle to put weight on it. I have no idea what happened. It wasn’t like I got injured in practice, in the gym or anything like that.

‘It’s just a freak thing and I don’t know exactly why it happened or what the problem is yet. I gave it a couple of days to try and let it settle down. It’s nothing major because you can’t do much damage when you are in bed.

‘I didn’t report or notice anything when I was training earlier in the day, so that’s basically what happened. I don’t know what the issue is yet.

‘I’ll get some scans and stuff done when I get home. But I feel alright just now. I’m not in a lot of pain when I am walking about just now. It’s just that I’ve not been able to practise or train since Friday.’

Murray expressed his frustration (Picture: BSR Agency/Getty)

It’s been a frustrating year professionally for the Scot, who missed the Australian Open after contracting coronavirus, and – rather less gloomily – had to pull out of a hard-court event in Dubai to be with his family as his wife Kim gave birth to their fourth child.

He will hope, at the very least, that this cruel setback will not leave him on the sidelines for too long. Murray says it’s not a muscular injury and that strength-wise he’s ‘fine’ but he experiences pain when stretching into certain positions.

Murray, 33, suggested it could be fine in ‘a few days’ but will await the results before formulating another comeback, with the clay-court season just around the corner.

‘I really just want to be on the court competing,’ added Murray. ‘I can’t be bothered doing another eight or ten weeks of rehab.

‘The reason I am doing all of that stuff is to get back on the court and compete. That was why I was really gutted about missing Australia because I had done so much work to get into the position to be ready for that off the back of the last few years.

‘It’s hard work and now I am finding it harder to get motivated to do all the rehab and everything if I’m not going to be able to compete in the biggest events.

‘That is why this one was like, f***ing hell, just give me a break for this one event so that I can compete against these guys at a big tournament and see what I am still able to do.’

Questions will continue to arise over whether Murray’s body – complete with metal hip – is capable of the rigours of professional sport anymore.

Murray hopes it’s a ‘minor injury’ (Picture: Getty)

‘I guess it’s possible that is the case,’ he conceded. ‘But like I said, if it had come from a match that I had played or something like that, I would get that, I would understand that. But it isn’t, this is just a random thing that hasn’t happened on the court or in the gym.

‘I know as players get older, you can have issues with back spasms and things like that where you just wake up in the night and something has happened. I don’t know. Maybe it is just something like that.

‘I really need to get a run of tournaments and competitive matches and stuff to see whether my body is capable of doing it or not because right now I still really haven’t had that opportunity.

‘All of the indications with the gym work and my practising and training and stuff that I’m doing suggests that I’m fine but then I keep getting these things. This is something very minor. 

‘I have been fit for the last six months really with training and everything and got unfortunate with coronavirus, but players miss tournaments all of the time with little injuries and stuff. There are obviously a lot of players not playing in this event for one issue or another.

‘I don’t know how to deep to look into this one. I guess if it keeps me out for a long time, then that’s something that I would probably think that way. But if it’s only a few days and just the timing of it has meant that I have missed the tournament, then that is just bad luck. That is nothing to do with my physical capabilities.’

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