Murray withdraws from Miami Open

Mar 20, 2017, 00:36
Murray withdraws from Miami Open

Djokovic's withdrawal from Miami is just the latest setback for a player who endured a drop in form after completing the career Grand Slam with a long-sought French Open victory past year.

Following a stunning end to 2016 during which Murray overtook Novak Djokovic as the top ranked player in men's tennis, the Scot has experienced a shaky start this year.

Unfortunately for Murray, the injury bug is back to throw a wrench into the entire process.

This season, he reached just the fourth round of the Australian Open, where he was upset by Mischa Zverev.

The 29-year-old had a favorable draw at Indian Wells, with Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all drawn in the bottom half of the draw.

Defending champion Djokovic apologised to fans who had bought tickets to see him play in Miami. "The focus is now on getting ready for the clay season", Murray said in a statement, which even took his own team by surprise, reports the Guardian.

It is fair to wonder whether his right elbow bothered him in Indian Wells and whether it contributed to his loss to Pospisil.

According to a schedule listed on his website, Murray's next planned event is next month at Monte Carlo. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

Although he opened 2017 on a promising note with a title in Doha, he slumped to a second-round exit at the Australian Open, and didn't play again until Acapulco.