Andy Murray joins Federer & Nadal in Dubai withdrawal after 4th child


Murray won’t compete in Dubai (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Andy Murray’s latest comeback has been temporarily halted, but this time as a result of good news as he and wife Kim Sears welcomed their fourth child to the world.

Murray was due to compete in Dubai but his preparations were, understandably, halted by the arrival of a newborn.

The two-time Wimbledon champion last competed at the start of the month in Rotterdam and is expected to return to action in Miami.

It’s another blow for tournament organisers in Dubai.

Roger Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, also withdrew from the event on Thursday, opting to focus on more training rather than match play after his competitive return in Doha.

‘It’s been great to be back on the ATP Tour, loved every minute playing in Doha once again,’ Federer posted on social media.

Federer also pulled out (Picture: Getty Images)

‘A big thank you to the best and loyal team that helped me get here.

‘I’ve decided it’s best to go back to training and as a result, I’ve decided to withdraw from Dubai next week.’

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal had also been offered a wildcard but decided he was not ready to play amid an ongoing back problem.

‘I would like to thank the @DDFTennis for the wild card invitation sent to me,’ wrote Nadal.

‘We seriously thought about coming to play, but I don’t think I am ready to play yet. Once again thanks to the tournament’s kind invitation and best of luck with the tournament.

‘And… special thanks to Tournament Director Salah Talak since I am aware of his efforts to ensure a smooth arrival to play Dubai during this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic and difficult times for all.’

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