Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals

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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.



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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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....
October 09, 2013, 06:48 PM
By Pat Shave

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.
October 09, 2013, 07:34 PM
By wimbledonwestie

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
October 09, 2013, 07:55 PM
By Elena

Do we know if he intends to be in Barbados still?
October 09, 2013, 08:49 PM
By marathonarthur

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.
October 09, 2013, 08:55 PM
By xxdanixx

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.   
October 09, 2013, 09:23 PM
By Tessie

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.
October 10, 2013, 04:47 AM
By Aileen

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.
October 10, 2013, 09:33 AM
By Ruthie


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!
October 10, 2013, 09:38 AM
By Elena

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.
October 10, 2013, 09:46 AM
By Ruthie

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