Andy Murray may be out until the grass court season with Scot who will miss upcoming hard court events due to persistent hip complications
- Andy Murray has not played since the Davis Cup Finals at the end of November
- The 32-year-old remains limited with complications related to his hip
- He had to withdraw from the Australian Open and other tournaments
- Sportsmail has learned that being fit for lawns is a more realistic target
There is a growing concern that Andy Murray will not return to tournament tennis until the summer grass season due to complications related to his hip injury.
There is no mention of Murray in the Miami Open publicity next month – where he has been twice champion – and have told sources Sportsmail that straightening itself in June for the lawns is now a more realistic goal.
Miami, which starts on March 25, is one of Murray’s favorite tournaments in a city where he has a base and has regularly trained. After Miami, the ATP Tour switches to clay, which is the most difficult surface for Murray in terms of movement to the ball.
Andy Murray can concentrate well on the grass field season for his return to competitive action
The Scot last played when he defeated Tallon Grebe Track in the Davis Cup Finals in November
With his ranking of 128 far too low to make an extremely strong field, Murray has been placed on the reserve list for Miami. There is no hint yet that he will get a wildcard entry.
Since retiring from the Australian tournaments, Murray, 32, has had a low profile.
Last week he responded to a social media message from Stan Wawrinka, who regretted that being unable to practice put him in a “Monday mood.”
“That has been for me almost every Monday for the past three years,” Murray replied.
The 32-year-old admitted that at the end of 2019 he suffered from ‘pelvic bruises’
Murray should have played in Montpellier and Rotterdam last week, but withdrew from both.
Although he tries everything possible to return to the competition, he has been unable to play injury free for almost four months since his encouraging victory at the European Open in Antwerp on October 20.
After beating the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor at the end of November in the Davis Cup final, the only game he has been able to play since, he revealed that he suffered from ‘pelvic bruises’ after the four-week run that resulted in him winning in Antwerp.
The three times big winner played in the men last year and mixed twice in Wimbledon
His agents refused to comment. His first chance on grass is the Surbiton Challenger tournament, which starts on 1 June.
That anticipates ATP events in Nottingham, Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon, where he wants to play singles at least one more time.
Meanwhile, Jo Konta, the British No. 1 who skipped the Fed Cup last week, was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Oceane Dodin of France, World No. 159, at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.
It is the third consecutive opening game that Konta has lost this season.