Andy Murray withdraws from Marseille and Rotterdam to delay return

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Andy Murray withdraws from Marseille and Rotterdam to delay return

The three-time Major champion Andy Murray has started working in the gym but is not ready to get back on the court yet, withdrawing from Marseille and Rotterdam. Andy's "bone bruising" is taking longer to heal and he doesn't want to rush anything, taking more time to get back at 100% and start competing again, already skipping the ATP Cup and the Australian Open.

Murray has been struggling with an injury since the closing stages of 2019, unable to play at his best at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid and skipping the offseason preparations in Miami to stay at home with his family. After that incredible clash with Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne last January, Andy's tennis future was pretty much in jeopardy, undergoing the second hip surgery soon after that and making a return in June at Queen's to win the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez.

As was expected, the results in singles weren't there in the first couple of months and that all changed in Antwerp where Murray overpowered Stan Wawrinka to claim the first ATP title since Dubai 2017. With those points, the Briton finished the season in the top-130, earning the ATP Comeback Player of the Year award and hoping for a fresh start in Australia in January.

Instead of that, Andy will probably have to wait until March to hit the court again, targeting North American Masters 1000 events if he gets ready by then. "I don't want to rush anything or put a timeline on my recovery," Murray said.

"I'm going to listen to my body and step back on the court to compete when the time is right. The bone bruising is taking longer to heal than first thought and I will have to skip Montpellier and Rotterdam in February."