Andy Murray Withdraws From Asian Swing, Likely Done For Season
by Staff | September 6th, 2017, 9:12 am

Andy Murray is likely to join the list of top players who have shut it down for 2017. Already done for the year are Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Serena Williams. Now Murray says his ongoing hip issues will likely end his season.

His note today on Facebook:
“Just wanted to update you all on my injury and the rest of my season.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the upcoming events in Beijing and Shanghai, and most likely, the final two events to finish the season in Vienna and Paris due to my hip injury which has been bothering me the last few months.

“Having consulted with a number of leading hip specialists over the last week, along with my own team, we have decided that this is the best decision for my long-term future.

“Although this has been a frustrating year on court for many reasons, I’m confident after this extended period of rest and rehabilitation that I will be able to reach my best level again and be competing for Grand Slam titles next season.

“I will be beginning my 2018 season in Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open and I’m look forward playing in Glasgow later this year against Roger for UNICEF UK and Sunny-sid3up.

“I have a fantastic team working alongside me to help me through this process and appreciate the support from them and all of my fans over this difficult period.”

Murray’s hip has been an issue since his semifinal loss to Stan Wawrinka at the French Open, he said 10 days when he withdrew from the US Open.

Murray, who finished 2016 No. 1, currently sits 9th in the ATP Race but finish the year around No. 15 should he not play the rest of the season. Both he and Djokovic will be seeded outside the Top 10 at the Australian Open.

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13 Comments for Andy Murray Withdraws From Asian Swing, Likely Done For Season

Daniel Says:

Well, silver lining is that at least beggining of next year they should all be recovered and fit and we’ll be looking forward to see who will have a Fedal like comeback.

skeezer Says:

Dang Andy, take care. Glad for him he is laying off the hip though, you don’t want to get chonic hip problems. Ask Connors…

BBB Says:

Good decision.

BBB Says:

The ATP/WTA are trying hard to promote tennis in Asia to ensure growth for the sport. But if they don’t get a grip on the schedule, and perhaps rein in the technology, you’re going to see more and more high-ranked players bailing on the end of the season.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

Murray has been totally irresponsible and selfish to withdraw from US Open AFTER the draw. Frankly, if the guy can’t even compete until the end of the season, was even in a state to compete in NYC before the draw ceremony and did he have to wait for his (extremely favorable) draw to withdraw? Very disappointing and very unprofessional.

RZ Says:

Sounds like a wise decision. I can’t imagine he’s going to play again this season, except for the charity exo in Glasgow.

skeezer Says:

I find that interesting, as I always thought after USO the tennis excitement kinda goes downhill till the WTF. Probably because there is no Slam till next year after USO?

BBB Says:

Yes, skeezer – I would say before the advent of the Tennis Channel I paid no attention to the Asian swing. I don’t think other stations have ever carried the matches, either for lack of interest or because of the time difference in the U.S. I forget where I heard it was part of a concerted effort to grow the game in Asia, as it’s arguably either stagnant or declining in the West.

As for Murray’s withdrawal – the guy has been a mensch for years. He deserves the benefit of the doubt, i.e., he genuinely believed he could play right up until he had to accept that he couldn’t.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Bad news, the tour would be a lot more interesting with him in the mix with the new R+R. Hope he and Novak will be back to full strength this year. Would love one more year of fully competitive Big Four along with Zverev, Thiem, Del Potro, Rublev, Shapovalov.

2018 COULD wind up being a heck of a year for the tour.

Emilia Says:

“…I’m look forward playing in Glasgow”…..
What kind of English is this?

Humble Rafa Says:

I’m look forward playing in Glasgow”…..
What kind of English is this

He is a Scotsman. Give him a break. This is the only way they can push back against the English.

James Says:

Now suddenly Murray sees the light. We have Anderson playing Busta in one semi, while Nadal will play Fed (most probably) in the other – because of this guys jackassness.

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