After promising 2019 season, Andy Murray appears to have suffered yet another setback in his career. The 32-year-old made a successful comeback last year after he had hip resurfacing surgery after the Australian Open. Murray played in the Asian swing of the ATP tour and won his first singles title since 2017 at the European Open in Antwerp. His last match was at the Davis Cup. The British player’s start to the season has unfortunately been plagued with more injury setbacks.
Murray to miss the Miami Open
Murray is yet to play a match this season. He pulled out of the Australian Open last month. The former world number one admitted that he is struggling with a pelvic bone bruising last season and the injury is taking a long time to heal. In addition to missing the first Grand Slam of the season, Murray pulled out of tournaments in Rotterdam and Montpellier. He has kept a low profile and will not play at any ATP tournaments this month. The three-time Grand Slam champion was a notable absentee from the list of participants at this year’s Miami Open. He’s currently number 128 on the rankings, which prevents him from automatically qualifying for the tournament. Organizers have not revealed any plans of giving the 32-year-old a wild card spot at the tournament. The former world number one is a two-time champion in Miami.
The former world number one could skip the French Open
If Murray misses the Miami Open, he could target a return during the clay-court season. However, the former world number one has struggled when playing on the clay surface in the past. According to Daily Mail, Murray could choose to skip the clay-court season and target a return to action during the grass-court season. This means that the former world number one could miss the French Open for the third year in a row. He last played at Roland Garros in 2017, reaching the semifinals before losing out to Stan Wawrinka. The British player has a better record on grass courts, having won the Wimbledon title twice in his career.
After Murray’s latest setback, it seems that his hopes of keeping up with the “Big Three” are slowly fading. With only three Grand Slam titles, the former world number one is far behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slam race. Djokovic took his tally up to 17 Grand Slam titles after winning the Australian Open. He could catch Nadal and Federer if he wins the remaining Grand Slams this season.
Andy Murray’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.128, Andy played his last match on the 21st of November 2011 when he lost to David Ferrer 6-4 7-5 in the round robin in London.
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