The organizers of the Dubai Tennis Championships announced today, Monday, that Britain’s Andy Murray has withdrawn from the competition due to a recurring upper leg injury.
The 35-year-old, who won three Grand Slam titles, was on the verge of retiring in 2019 after undergoing upper-leg surgery a year earlier.
But Murray returned to action after a new surgery, and reached his fourth ATP tournament final since his return at the Qatar Open before losing to Daniil Medvedev last Saturday.
The Dubai Championship organizers said, through the official competition account on Twitter, the social networking site: “We regret to inform you that Andy Murray will not be able to participate in this year’s championship.”
And the organizers added, “Andy was undergoing treatment for a recurring upper leg injury that forced him to withdraw from the Dubai Championships.”
Murray said after the loss to Medvedev that he would look forward to dealing with his body better, especially since matches require high physical fitness.
“At my age and in some of the circumstances I’m in, I have to think about things like this,” Murray said. “I can’t keep going until something happens. I need to get smarter.”
Murray’s withdrawal from the Dubai Championships comes one day after his compatriot Emma Raducano, the US Open champion, withdrew from the Austin Open in Texas due to tonsillitis.
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