In a way he's done the organisers a favour. He turned up as Olympic champion and gave them a decent match, But now he's helped the scheduling and their man by withdrawing.
And they showed their appreciation of his turning up by giving him that mouth-watering gold medal chocolate cake. Andy looked like a little kid the way he was tucking into it!
From Andy yesterday on his injury:
“Normally when I move on to hard courts, I have 10 days or so practising and you feel things like this, but you can work around it by doing the right training and what not,” said Murray. “I don’t want to go full out and possibly do any more damage. That was why I decided not to play.”
“Over the next few days we’ll come up with a plan and strategy to either get myself ready for Cincinnati, or if not, then plan for the best way to prepare for the U.S. Open,” said Murray. “But today I won’t think about any strategies or whatever. It’ll just be about what’s the next move and where do we go from here.”
Tragic if he's not going to be fit for the USO, or is forced to start the GS poorly prepared for the HC surface.
I'm glad to hear this from Andy himself. He's taking things one step at a time, which is very sensible. Try not to worry too much - one way or another he'll be ready for the USO when it comes.
Raonic, quoted in Canada's Globe and Mail - and those wonderful words MOTC again!
In the players’ lounge just before Andy Murray’s withdrawal from the Rogers Cup became official, Milos Raonic bumped into the men’s Olympic tennis champion, whom he was scheduled to play in Thursday night’s featured match.
The irony was not lost on either player. In March, after spraining his ankle in the warm-up of a doubles match at the Sony Ericsson tournament in Miami, Raonic had to withdraw in the round of 32, giving Murray a walkover. Five months later, Murray returned the favour.
“I sort of asked him, is he going to be okay and everything,” Raonic said. “I guess we made a joke because I pulled out earlier to him in Miami this year, so it was joke about that. I just wished him that he gets healthy quick, because he’s been playing really well lately.”
Feel a bit sorry for the Canadians though because the interest in this match was, understandably, huge. But again, that sort of intensity Andy does not need right now.