Andy Murray withdraws from Miami Open after injury setback

Murray is out of Miami (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray has suffered another injury setback and been forced to withdraw from the Miami Open.

Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion from Dunblane, was due to compete at a first Masters 1000 event since August – with South Africa’s Lloyd Harris his first-round opponent – but a left groin issue has seen him pull out.

It’s the second event Murray has withdrawn from this month, having pulled out of Dubai when becoming a father for the fourth time.

‘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,’ Murray told the Miami Herald.

‘I have no idea what I did. It’s one of those freak things. Each day it has gotten progressively better, but it’s not enough. I have not practised since Friday.

He added: ‘I am really gutted. 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. Miami’s been a place that has given me a lot, but this just wasn’t meant to be.

Murray is out of the Miami Open (Picture: Getty)

It’s another blow for Miami tournament organisers, who had already seen Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Serena Willliams all pull out of the tournament.

Murray’s attention will now likely turn to the European clay-court season.

There are Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome before the French Open.

The grass-court season follows, with Wimbledon undoubtedly the main priority for Murray’s season.

He has not competed in the singles draw at the All England Club since hobbling out of the 2017 quarter-finals against Sam Querrey. He has since been plagued by injuries and has not gone beyond the second week of a Grand Slam.

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