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Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « on: October 09, 2013, 05:24 PM »
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Andy Murray has pulled out of November’s ATP World Tour Finals in London as he continues to recuperate from his recent back surgery. The move follows a minor operation last month on a disc problem in his lower back.

The injury has dogged the Scot’s entire year, forcing him to withdraw from the French Open last May. It was also a contributory factor in a lacklustre defence of his US Open title that saw him dumped out in the quarter-finals by Stanislas Wawrinka.

Fortunately, of course, Murray was able to manage the condition well enough to become the first Briton to lift the men’s singles title at Wimbledon for 77 years and to help send his country back up to the Davis Cup World Group.


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Tournament director Andre Silva said: "It's unfortunate Andy will be unable to play in this year's tournament. He's had a historic year on the tour and of course he'll be missed. We wish him all the best as he continues his recovery from surgery and we hope to see him back stronger than ever for the 2014 season."

New world number one Rafael Nadal has already qualified for the O2 event and will be joined by Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and five others.

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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 06:48 PM »
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I'm missing Andy from the tournaments but it's so important that he gives his injury time to heal properly and then he can dedicate his time in Miami to preparing for next year....
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 07:34 PM »
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Good report - especially acknowledging that Andy's back contributed to his US open form - he never seemed overly happy in New York - guess he knew what was inevitably coming.
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013, 07:55 PM »
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Good report - especially acknowledging that Andy's back contributed to his US open form - he never seemed overly happy in New York - guess he knew what was inevitably coming.

Agree with that Westie, and thanks Nigel. 2nd time in three years I've got tickets for the O2 and Andy won't be there, but as with the withdrawal in 2011, it's quite a relief that we won't see him struggling, below par, or risking further injury.

Really hope that the surgery does what's needed and we can look forward to a very exciting 2014. Wishing Andy all the very best
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 08:49 PM »
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Do we know if he intends to be in Barbados still?
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 08:55 PM »
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Do we know if he intends to be in Barbados still?

I got the impression that we'll only know for sure closer to the time-depending on how the rehab goes.
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #6 on: October 09, 2013, 09:23 PM »
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Think he wouldn't have committed to Barbados unless he was pretty sure he would be able to play. It's a way off yet and with rehab started it maybe that it will be time to test things out.   
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #7 on: October 10, 2013, 04:47 AM »
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Thanks Nigel for the brief report and the stunning pic. Smile  What a relief to see Andy in that awful hospital goonie pushed further down the main webpage!

Really hope that the surgery does what's needed and we can look forward to a very exciting 2014. Wishing Andy all the very best
I second that Elena while adding that I hope Andy resists the temptation to push himself too hard.  It won't be easy at times but at least he has a great team round him to keep him right.

Think he wouldn't have committed to Barbados unless he was pretty sure he would be able to play. It's a way off yet and with rehab started it maybe that it will be time to test things out.   
I'm not so sure about the latter, given that the other players are Del Potro, Almagro and Gasquet.  Even if his rehab goes well, which I hope it does, and he goes to Maimi for training, it will obviously mean starting playing at some point, but it might just be a step too far two and a half months after his op, the exact nature of which we're still in the dark.

My feeling is that Andy probably announced that he would play with a degree of optimism (nothing wrong with that!), knowing that he might have to withdraw.  Also the organisers will be aware of his situation.  If not they must be the only people in the tennis world who aren't!  I often look at this website for articles about Andy - http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Tennis/Andy+Murray - and at the last count the news about the WTF withdrawal was being reported in 61 media outlets world-wide.
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #8 on: October 10, 2013, 09:33 AM »
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Although it was to be expected and it was of course the right decision, can't help but feel disappointed.  'Unfortunate' is the understatement of the year in my book.  Anyway I'm now going to support JWT in the hope that he can make it to 02 so that there will be at least one player I can support unequivocally while I'm there.
Do we know whether Andy has started his rehab yet?  They seemed to suggest on Sky this morning that he was off to Miami almost immediately to start training but that sounds unlikely.  I'd have thought he would stay here close to his back specialists for now and start the rehab here.
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #9 on: October 10, 2013, 09:38 AM »
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Do we know whether Andy has started his rehab yet?  They seemed to suggest on Sky this morning that he was off to Miami almost immediately to start training but that sounds unlikely.  I'd have thought he would stay here close to his back specialists for now and start the rehab here.

Yes he has started rehab, he posted this yesterday "Started my rehab today, I'll try get some good pictures to you guys as some amusing outfits going on.."

Look forward to seeing those!
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #10 on: October 10, 2013, 09:46 AM »
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thanks Elena - that is reassuring at least.  Does sound as if everything is on course and that he probably couldn't quite bring himself to withdraw from wtf sooner even though he must have known it wasn't a realistic option.
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #11 on: October 10, 2013, 10:04 AM »
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I think you're right Ruthie about why he didn't withdraw sooner, but he probably suspected he'd have to and just needed the verification from the doc! Now I suppose we'll have to wait and see what happens about the Dream Cup! He may have to give that a miss too!
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #12 on: October 10, 2013, 04:36 PM »
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Andy tweeted last night: No more tennis for me this year... won't come back till I'm 100 percent fit and ready to play..shame to be missing the 02 great tournament.
 Looks as though he won't be playing the Dream Cup either.
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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #13 on: October 10, 2013, 04:40 PM »
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I had to google-translate. Here's looking ahead.  cmon yeah

Murray will play Acapulco Open 2014

MEXICO - The Andy Murray 2013 Wimbledon champion , will play the next edition of the Mexican Tennis Open to be held in Acapulco from February 24 to March 2 . Murray 's manager , Ugo Colombini , confirmed the information this morning ESPNTenis.com .

Murray will be the greatest figure of 500 Mexican ATP , which in 2014 released new surface, leaving behind changing clay and hard courts . The current world No. 3 and materialize his first professional visit to Latin America , a region that had only competed in junior stage .

In addition to Murray , it appears that David Ferrer managed to return to Acapulco for the fifth consecutive time . The Spanish and confirmed that a week before the event in Mexico , will play the new Rio Open , ATP 500 on clay to be held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Discarded presences Rafael Nadal ( as confirmed ESPNTenis.com last September ) and Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro , who has already committed to play the ATP 500 Dubai in the same week, Murray will be the visible face of the event. The British announced yesterday that he will not play for the rest of the 2013 season , after a back operation he underwent recent after he underwent after the recent U.S. Open .

The Mexican Tennis Open will be held at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess . The construction of the 6 hard courts to be used during the contest has not started yet after floods severely affected the entire state of Guerrero.

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/blogs/index?entryID=1924832&name=juan_ignacio_ceballos



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Re: Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals « Reply #14 on: October 10, 2013, 04:50 PM »
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Andy tweeted last night: No more tennis for me this year... won't come back till I'm 100 percent fit and ready to play..shame to be missing the 02 great tournament.
 Looks as though he won't be playing the Dream Cup either.
I think he will play in the Dream Cup as this is an exho and a good way to see where he is with match practice. The weather and ambiance will all add to the experience..I'm sure he was referring to playing tournaments.
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