Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after he and his wife Kim welcomed their fourth child. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was hoping to play in Dubai next week but the arrival of a newborn in his family will make him take a week off the Tour.
Murray, now ranked at No. 116 in the world, has made six appearances in Dubai throughout his career. The Briton debuted at the Dubai event in 2008, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
Murray made his first final at the event in 2012, before losing to former world No. 1 Roger Federer. In his last appearance at the tournament -- which came in 2017 -- Murray beat Fernando Verdasco in the final to lift his lone Dubai title.
Murray recently earned his first ATP win of 2021
Murray came from a set down to beat Robin Haase in the Rotterdam first round last week. “It’s not easy,” Murray said after his first tour-level win since August, per The Herald Scotland.
“Every time I lose a match I’m getting told to retire, that I should stop playing, that I’m finished and got nothing left or whatever and it’s sad and all of these things." Murray ended up losing in his following match to eventual champion Andrey Rublev.
“It’s not easy. I feel like I’m playing for my career just now, each time I step on court, which is a motivation in some ways,'' Murray said. “But it also adds a bit of extra stress. There’s a bit of extra doubt there and on top of that I’m playing with a metal hip, which is hard.
Trust me, it’s not easy. “So it’s a big challenge for me just now and one that I’ll meet head on, but it’s not easy just now. The last few months have been a bit of a struggle”