Murray withdraws from Basel

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Andy Murray has pulled out of the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament citing a back injury.

This is the second year running that the British number one has been forced to withdraw from Basel due to an untimely injury. The Scot originally signed up last Autumn to amend for last year's mishap (where Murray asked for a Wild Card before withdrawing due to a gluteal injury), but unfortunately he has had to pull out again due to a back problem that has plagued him all year.

Murray will now be hoping he is fit for the Paris Masters next week where he is defending quarter-final points, although his eye will most likely be on the World Tour Finals in London the week after.
Hopefully it's just a "precautionary" withdrawal. Otherwise write off Paris and WTF - a week is not going to make much difference to a chronic back injury.
October 20, 2012, 03:51 PM
By boogers

I'm struggling with this to be honest, i've not seen any statement from Andy himself or from anyone nside his inner circle, i cannot find any mention of it on the web, where is this news coming from? and if true why was there such a long wait for him to pull out? as much as i hate to say  this, this will reflect very badly on him.
October 20, 2012, 03:53 PM
By The Gnome

Ugh, I wish he pulled out earlier tbh. Now we're going to hear a lot of stupid comments from smugfed.
October 20, 2012, 03:55 PM
By ProdigyEng

I wish he'd pulled out earlier too but it's quite possible that the organisers encouraged him not to in the hope he might be fit enough to play.  It would have spoiled their pre-tourno publicity around having the 3 Olympic medallists had Andy pulled out a week ago.
My eeyore side fears that boogers could be right - ie he can say goodbye to Paris and more importantly WTF; my Pollyanna side says perhaps the back is just niggling and he's being sensible not pushing it for 3 weeks in a row.   I would love my Pollyanna side to be right naturally.
October 20, 2012, 04:03 PM
By Ruthie

Looks like another week without Andy. Good god I hate tennis weeks without Andy.
October 20, 2012, 04:10 PM
By Connor

I'm struggling with this to be honest, i've not seen any statement from Andy himself or from anyone nside his inner circle, i cannot find any mention of it on the web, where is this news coming from? and if true why was there such a long wait for him to pull out? as much as i hate to say  this, this will reflect very badly on him.

Gnome, he must have wanted to wait if he could see if he could recover and play Basel. He would have also loved to play and would be dissapointed to have pulled out.
I would have also loved an earlier notice but I am happy that he is taking the right move...
October 20, 2012, 04:12 PM
By Sabine

Looks like another week without Andy. Good god I hate tennis weeks without Andy.

Me too!! Waiting for the next tournament...
Is it Paris Masters?
October 20, 2012, 04:13 PM
By Sabine

Yes it is Paris *fingers crossed*.
October 20, 2012, 04:16 PM
By Connor

Sorry, but when is it MuzzaFan?
October 20, 2012, 04:16 PM
By Sabine

Andy Murray has pulled out of Swiss Indoors Basel tournament citing a back injury.

This is the second year running that the British number one has been forced to withdraw from Basel due to an untimely injury. The Scot originally signed up last fall to amend for last year's mishap (where Murray asked for a Wild Card before withdrawing due to a gluteal injury), but unfortunately he has had to pull out again.

Murray will now be hoping he is fit for the Paris Masters next week where he is defending quarter-final points, although his eye will most likely be on the World Tour Finals in London the week after.

He signed up last what? Last fall?
October 20, 2012, 04:23 PM
By Joe

He signed up last what? Last fall?
Quoted the official website. lol
October 20, 2012, 04:25 PM
By TheMadHatter

This precautionary back problem withdrawal may have started during Shanghai tournament. Everybody assumed that Andy's sometime lack lustre performance was owing to a virus.

Perhaps it really was his back that was troubling him after all he a few times against Djokovic he appeared to grab his back.

If the problem is his back then like Boogers he is going to need more than 1 week to fully recover. The Paris Masters and WTF would most definitely be at risk for Andy
October 20, 2012, 04:55 PM
By OldScotSupport

This precautionary back problem withdrawal may have started during Shanghai tournament. Everybody assumed that Andy's sometime lack lustre performance was owing to a virus.

Perhaps it really was his back that was troubling him after all he a few times against Djokovic he appeared to grab his back.

If the problem is his back then like Boogers he is going to need more than 1 week to fully recover. The Paris Masters and WTF would most definitely be at risk for Andy
Probably a combination of both.  He was certainly coughing quite a bit in the early interviews and said he'd had a sore throat and swollen glands at Tokyo (which might have affected some of his play there too) and that the infection had spread to his chest.

I think he's being precautionary and saving himself for the WTF.  He's said often enough that the WTF is his priority, so therein could lie the clue, although going into the WTF a bit rusty doesn't sound a good idea, but then neither does possibly getting to the final in Paris and then playing two days later in London.  Stupid scheduling really.

I'm struggling with this to be honest, i've not seen any statement from Andy himself or from anyone nside his inner circle, i cannot find any mention of it on the web, where is this news coming from? and if true why was there such a long wait for him to pull out? as much as i hate to say  this, this will reflect very badly on him.
I agree, but not so much the wait as the lack of any kind of statement from Andy himself.  It almost sounds like he's got something to hide, which is such a shame given the sympathetic reaction to his Wimbledon loss and the huge support and acclaim he got for the Olympics and the USO.  But this isn't the first time Andy has clammed up, something which I think is disrespectful to his fans who I feel deserve to be kept in the picture.  He doesn't need to give out every detail, but a short statement would be much appreciated.  I'm afraid I just don't get him at times, and it does make me a bit angry because he's only drawing more attention to himself by allowing rumours and speculation to run rife.
October 20, 2012, 05:48 PM
By Aileen

For the first time in a long time he has been smart. His back needs to rest as it really is a severe problem.

I suspect no Paris or World Tour Finals either and a dramatically cut down 2013 schedule.
October 20, 2012, 05:57 PM
By craighateslife

 
For the first time in a long time he has been smart. His back needs to rest as it really is a severe problem.

I suspect no Paris or World Tour Finals either and a dramatically cut down 2013 schedule.
Now that is really optimistic! Smile  Anyway how do you know what the problem is, given that I suspect that it's known only to his immediate circle and that he was so reluctant to talk about it in the spring when we heard for the first time that there had even been a problem that had hung around since last December, but which didn't stop him winning Brisbane getting to the semis of the AO where he was defeated in a match that lasted just under five hours, and then making the finals of Dubai and Miami.

Also Andy said at the time that he had consulted "top surgeons and physios" and been told that he couldn't do any more damage to his back, whatever ails it, by continuing to play and that he would spend some of the off-season resting and having the problem properly treated.  The massive injections he had then were to get him through to the end of the USO, so the effects have probably worn off by now.  I don't see the medical profession as being gods, but I can't believe they could all get it badly wrong especially as Andy does have a first-class personal physio to keep an eye on things. Andy has always been very careful about his body (too careful in the eyes of some who shall remain unnamed).

Having mentioned it to a physio friend, the speculation (and I repeat speculation) is that it could be a degenerative lumbar disc, something which is common amongst tennis players and golfers and in other sports where constant twisting of the body is involved, but that that condition, although it sounds alarming and can be very painful, is easily treated.
October 20, 2012, 06:25 PM
By Aileen

Well I am glad to hear that if it is what your friend suggests, Aileen, that it's easily treatable!
October 20, 2012, 06:28 PM
By ProdigyEng

I think it was a combination of virus (or bronchial infection) and back injury flaring up again in Shanghai, which was exactly what Paul Newman of Independent said after the final but people poo pooed the back bit when I reported it as no other comms had picked it up.  
I agree with Aileen that it's disappointing that Andy hasn't put out a statement yet.  And while he has form in the sense of not devulging too much about injuries he does usually put out a statement of apology to tournament organisers.  So can't help but wonder what is going on?
If the back has flared up again, it doesn't necessarily rule out Paris and WTF as it could just be niggling him at this stage.  And he so clearly wants to finish with a bang at the WTF that I don't think he would finish his season now lightly.  I suppose, looking on the bright side, this could be a wake up call about the need to get some proper treatment during the off season and not just carry on regardless.  
October 20, 2012, 06:35 PM
By Ruthie

For the first time in a long time he has been smart. His back needs to rest as it really is a severe problem.

I suspect no Paris or World Tour Finals either and a dramatically cut down 2013 schedule.

And what about the Miami tennis cup at the end of November?
October 20, 2012, 06:38 PM
By Elena

I hope it's not too bad either but he has already skipped Dubai next year to cut his schedule down. I have no inside knowledge of Andy's condition but have seen a lot from my job coaching on how cortisone is no substitute for rest and treatment.

We can only wait and see but I rather he rested the rest of the year and come out with a bang in 2013.
October 20, 2012, 06:40 PM
By craighateslife

Well I am glad to hear that if it is what your friend suggests, Aileen, that it's easily treatable!
If she is right, and obviously she couldn't make a 100% accurate diagnosis without conducting a physical examination first, then rest is often the best treatment, the problem being that Andy doesn't have that luxury if he wants to reach newer goals, but there is a simple surgical procedure that could, if necessary, be carried out without too much disruption to a person's lifestyle.  But again this is only adding to the speculation.  It could be another problem entirely.  If only Andy would open up about it it would help matters considerably, but if he choses to keep it to himself, well, frustrating though it is, we just have to respect that and wait and see what happens.


I hope it's not too bad either but he has already skipped Dubai next year to cut his schedule down. I have no inside knowledge of Andy's condition but have seen a lot from my job coaching on how cortisone is no substitute for rest and treatment.

We can only wait and see but I rather he rested the rest of the year and come out with a bang in 2013.
If he has to then he has to but it'll be hugely disappointing for him.

Skipping Dubai is a sensible decision.  No point whatsoever in going there from the UK and then rushing over to the US.  He'll lose some ranking points but nothing that he can't make up for elsewhere.

Amyway how's the coaching job going?  Still stuck in the US?

October 20, 2012, 06:42 PM
By Aileen

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