Former world No 1 Andy Murray has decided to withdraw from Dubai following a runner-up finish in Doha. Murray, 35, was scheduled to make his eighth Dubai appearance this week after the tournament organizers handed him a main draw wildcard.
But after surviving a couple of long and exhausting matches en route to making the Doha final last week, Murray pulled out of Dubai citing a hip injury. “We regret to inform you that Andy Murray is unable to participate in this year’s tournament.
Andy has been dealing with a recurring hip injury that has unfortunately forced him out of Dubai. We wish Andy a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the court in Dubai soon,” the tournament said in a statement.
When Murray plays again?
Murray will now presumably rest a bit and return to action at the Indian Wells Masters, which is kicking off on March 8th.
Murray, who debuted in Indian Wells, made his debut in the desert in 2006. Murray’s best result in Indian Wells came in 2009, when he made the final before losing to Rafael Nadal. Murray, who currently has 723 ATP match wins and 46 titles in his collection, said in Doha that his goal is to reach the 800-win mark and also win more titles before he retires.
“I still have ambitions of winning tournaments and having deep runs in major events, you know, winning a certain number of matches in my career. I’d like to try to get to 800 match wins, which, I don’t know, I think I’m like 75 away from that.
I didn’t know how much I was going to be able to play or if I’d be able to compete at this level again. So now that I know that I’m able to, I want to see how far that can go, because, yeah, it’s a challenge and something that, you know, I’m proud of the results that I’m having, yeah, with a large physical limitation,” Murray said in Doha.
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