Former World No.1 Andy Murray further delays his comeback as he pulls out of next month’s Rotterdam Open and Montpellier Open. The Scot has failed to recover from the pelvic injury, which also forced him to skip the Australian Open 2020. The question still remains – when will Murray commence his 2020 season?
The three-time Grand Slam champion has not played since Britain’s opening match of the Davis Cup Finals 2019, last year in November. The bruising in the pelvic area also forced him to pull out of the last week’s ATP Cup 2020 and the Australian Open 2020.
Murray, who had pencilled his return in either Montpellier or Rotterdam, suggested that he does not want to rush anything and will start to compete when the time is right.
“The bone bruising is taking longer to heal than first thought. So I won’t be playing in Montpellier or Rotterdam in February,” the 32-year-old said in an interview with BBC.
He further added: “I don’t want to rush anything or put a timeline on my recovery. I’m going to listen to my body and step back on the court to compete when the time is right.”
However, Murray is continuing to train hard in the gym. Earlier, he posted a photo on Twitter with a caption – “Griding” while he was working out during his training sessions.
After career-threatening hip surgery, Murray returned in the second half of last year and won a title in Antwerp in October. However, it will be frustrating for Murray that, having appeared fully prepared for 2020 season, he has now been sidelined from the ATP Tour for at least a month’s spell.
The prolonged redundancy from the court will also give rise to more questions about whether his body is still capable of withstanding the rigorous and strenuous tour?