Former world no. 1 Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Miami Open with an injury to his left groin. The 33-year-old was to play in Miami after having missed the Dubai Open last week on account of the birth of his fourth child.
Murray last played in the second Masters 1000 of the season in 2016, with injuries forcing him out of the tournament in these five years. The Briton is a two-time former champion in Miami – winning the tournament in 2009 and 2013, defeating Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer respectively.
In addition to these two titles, Murray also reached the final in Miami twice – in 2012 and 2015, losing to Djokovic on both occasions.
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Speaking with the Miami Herald regarding his withdrawal, the three-time Grand Slam champion said, “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 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 received a main draw wildcard and was to play South African Lloyd Harris, who was the finalist at the Dubai Open, in the first round in Miami.
The Scot’s place will be taken either by a qualifier or a lucky loser now, following his announcement. Prior to Andy Murray’s decision to not play the Miami Open, the tournament had already been missing several top names.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, four-time – and defending – champion Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem all opted out of the event, in order to focus on the clay season. World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev headlines the 2021 edition of the tournament with world no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas seeded second in the draw.