Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Nottingham Challenger. Murray, who hasn't played since losing in the Rotterdam round-of-16 in the early-March, had been scheduled to kick off his grass season next week at the Viking Open Nottingham.
Losing Murray was certainly a big blow for the Nottingham Challenger but top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans accepted a wild-card into the event. Besides Evans, rising British star Jay Clarke and Ryan Peniston also received a wildcard into Nottingham.
“It’s great that we are able to offer these opportunities to our players to get back on the grass at home," LTA Head of Men’s Tennis Leon Smith said. "Dan’s record this year and at the event speaks for itself.
Jay is virtually playing in his backyard and this is good chance for him to build momentum for the grass court season. Ryan has played well this year on the Futures circuit and he will welcome the chance step up being part of a strong event in Nottingham this year”.
Murray has played only three events so far in 2021
Murray kicked off his 2021 season at the Biella Challenger 2, where he ended runner-up to Ilya Marchenko in the final. Murray then suffered a first round loss in Montpellier, before losing in the Rotterdam round-of-16.
"When I got back from Miami, I went through a process of scans. They didn't show anything serious but I was still having pain," Murray said in May. "I had to do quite a lot of work in the gym to address some imbalances and lack of range of motion.
I've been working on that for a few weeks but the positive thing was that I was able to practice pretty much since I got back. "The last five or six days there has been a definite improvement. I've played points the last four days and there hasn't been residual pain when waking up."