‘F *** ing hell, just give me a break’: Andy Murray left ‘really exhausted’ and without motivation when he was forced to withdraw from Miami Open … with a ‘freak’ groin injury sustained in his SLEEP lead to fourth withdrawal in 2021
- Andy Murray was to play against Lloyd Harris in the first round of the Masters 1000
- But the Brit had a setback last week that caused him to drop out of the competition
- The former world No. 1 champion hopes his latest injury is just a minor setback
Andy Murray admitted to becoming demoralized after sustaining an inguinal hernia in his sleep, preventing him from playing his last tournament.
Tuesday’s sudden withdrawal from the Miami Open is just the latest accident in a year that is fast becoming a miserable story as he tries to make a comeback despite a metal hip.
This season, he has retired from events five times, ranging from a change of mind to a positive Covid test to the birth of his fourth child.
Andy Murray admits to being ‘really gutted’ that he will miss the Miami Open with a groin injury
ANDY MURRAY’S 2021 WERE UNTIL NOW
ATP Delray Beach Open (Florida): Returned a wildcard after choosing to stay in England
Australian Open: Unable to include wildcard after travel trouble caused by positive Covid test
Biella Challenger 1 (Italy): Took a wildcard and reached the final
Challenger 2 connecting rod: Took a wildcard but withdrew late after changing his mind
ATP Montpellier Open: Took a wildcard and lost the 1st round
ATP Rotterdam Open: Took wildcard and made 2nd round
ATP Dubai Championships: Took wildcard but withdrew due to fourth child birth
ATP Miami Open: Took wildcard but withdrew due to groin pain
Now add to that what he described as a “ freak ” event that made his trip to Florida worthless, to play a tournament he’d won twice before.
It inevitably raises the question of whether his body will ever again withstand the stresses of singles at the highest level.
Everything had seemed fine when he went to bed on Friday night after arriving at his downtown apartment last Wednesday.
“I woke up around 230 in the middle of the night, rolled over and felt like my groin was a little sore,” he said.
“When I got up at 6 in the morning to go to the toilet, I was in a lot of pain walking. I have no idea what happened. My physios don’t really understand either. I felt good and traveled here, exercised and had no problems, and then this happened.
‘Of course it is very frustrating and a bit demoralizing. It’s stripping. All the indications with the gym work and training that I am doing suggest that I am doing fine, but then I keep getting these things. ‘
It has been four years this summer since his hip problems first manifested. He admitted that the thought of more weeks of mind-numbing recovery fills him with dread.
‘I can’t be bothered to do another eight or ten weeks of rehab. The reason I do all those things is to get back on the track and compete.
‘It’s hard work and now I find it harder to get motivated to do all the rehab when I can’t compete in the biggest events. This one was like, damn, just give me a break for this one event so I can see what else I can do. ‘
Murray (pictured earlier this month in Rotterdam) revealed that the injury had occurred in his sleep
While he reported feeling much better over the past 48 hours, he will now have scans to investigate the problem. Then he will draw up a plan for a segment of the season dominated by clay, his least favorite surface.
Considering that hips, lower back, and groin are often interconnected, he should hope for the best while fearing perhaps the worst.
His absence is another blow to a prestigious tournament that is already missing a large number of stars. An isolated event in the US this year, and with greatly reduced prize money, it marks the first time since 2004 that a Masters-level event has been held without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
It’s a big few days for the rest of the British contingent, with 19-year-old Jack Draper getting a wildcard for the main draw as he tries to restore progress from the past year. He faces former top 40 player Mikhail Kukushkin.
Amid a stronger women’s field, Jo Konta is finally reunited this week with French coach Dmitri Zavialoff, who stopped traveling after her successful 2019 season due to an illness in his family.
Murray’s withdrawal is a blow and it is also the first time since 2004 that a Masters event has been held without the involvement of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.