Murray withdraws from Shanghai Masters 1000


Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:46

Andy Murray has pulled out of next week’s Shanghai Masters 1000 and is unlikely to play again until next month, according to his website.

The world No.3 is still to fully recover from a left wrist injury that first flared up in August and caused obvious discomfort during Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie against Poland in September, in which Murray played three matches in three days. The Scot has not played since then.

His withdrawal from the Shanghai event follows his decision not to participate in the Japan Open this week with the same injury, which first emerged during the Cincinnati Masters 1000 ahead of the US Open.

He now plans to return in Valencia on November.

“I would much rather participate than be in the current position regarding my health”

“I apologise for the inconvenience that my withdrawal may cause but I trust you understand, the situation is beyond my control,” Murray said in a letter to the Shanghai tournament organisers. “I would much rather participate in the tournament than be in the current position regarding my health,”

A statement on the Scot’s website read: “Due to medical advice Andy will not be travelling to China.

“He has decided to give his wrist extra time to recover and is likely to return for the Valencia Open.”

The Spanish tournament begins on November 2, three weeks ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena.

Murray, who has already qualified for the season finale, has been seeing the same specialist who looked after him when he hurt his right wrist two years ago and was out of action for three months.

“That was a bit of a freak thing,” said Murray after pulling out ahead of this week’s Japan Open. “It came out of nowhere and that was agony. I couldn’t even hold a racquet never mind play a match.

“This one feels more like tendinitis, where it’s sore and it can get better and worse.”

Murray joins world No.1 Roger Federer in missing the inaugural Shanghai Masters 1000, to be played at the Qi Zhong Stadium that hosted the Tennis Masters Cup until last year, when the renamed event moved to London.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro top the billing for the final event in the Asian swing. Djokovic could potentially overtake Murray in the rankings, relegating him back to No.4 in the world, with good performances in Shanghai and Paris next month.


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