Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

‘I have to rest’ – Andy Murray to skip big tournament

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Andy Murray is focused on ensuring that he has enough time to recover between the end of the season and the Australian Open in January.

The former world number won exited Indian Wells in the third round at the hands of world number four Alexander Zverev in straight sets.

Following the defeat, Murray spoke on the possibility of playing the Davis Cup Finals. Following its cancellation in 2020, the event is set to be held from 25th November to 5th December.

“I don’t feel right now I would be playing,” Murray told BBC Sport. “Obviously that would be up to Leon (Smith, Davis Cup captain for Great Britain), but I’m not sure I deserve to play in that team.

“Cam [Norrie] and Dan [Evans] have had a great year. Liam Broady’s in and around the top-100 now and we’ve got very strong doubles as well.”

Norrie and Evans are at career-high rankings of 26th and 22nd respectively. Meanwhile, Liam Broady recently won his first Challenger Tour title. He also holds a career-high ranking of world number 126.

In doubles, US Open champion Joe Salisbury is the world number three, while Jamie Murray is eighth in the ‘Race to Turin’.

“Right now, I’m not planning on playing the Davis Cup,” Andy Murray continued. “And with the late finish to it, and early departure to Australia, with my schedule between now and the end of the year, I am going to have to rest and take a break and give my body a chance to breathe.

“I want to make sure this off season I get to spend as much time with my family as possible. I have been away from that recently and that will be the case when I go to Australia as well.”

Murray famously won the Davis Cup with Great Britain back in 2015, their first triumph for 79 years. Moreover, he led the team by winning 11 out of a possible 12 points in singles and doubles.

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