Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Andy Murray withdraws from Miami Open

Andy Murray withdraws from Miami Open

World No 1 Andy Murray will not play in the ATP Miami Open Masters starting next week because of a right elbow injury.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Murray, a three-time Grand Slam victor, won the Miami Open in 2009 and 2013 and lost in the final in 2012 and 2015, both times to Serbian star and current world number two Novak Djokovic. It's one of my favourite tournaments. "The focus now is getting ready for the clyacourt season".

Newsmen report that he will be replaced in the main draw by American world number 136 Taylor Fritz.

There has been no official word from Djokovic on his status for the upcoming tournament. It was a much-needed return to form for the 28-year-old after back and shoulder problems hindered him late in the 2014 season.

Murray served poorly in his second-round defeat to Vasek Pospisil in Indian Wells.

Murray has won the Miami tournament twice, in 2009 and 2013.

According to French newspaper Le Parisien, Djokovic is also a doubt for Miami, also due to a right elbow injury.

Just as in Indian Wells, neither player succeeding benefits Murray, who widens his rankings lead by over 1800 points due to Djokovic defending titles at both events whereas Murray took two early losses in 2016.

The Miami Open is live on Sky Sports between March 22-April 2.

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