Andy Murray withdraws from Miami Masters: ‘The focus is getting ready for clay season’

World No 1 Andy Murray will not play in the ATP Miami Open Masters starting next week because of a right elbow injury.

Andy Murray is aiming to return to action in time for the European clay court season. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
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World No 1 Andy Murray will not play in the ATP Miami Open Masters starting next week because of a right elbow injury.

In a statement from Murray released by the tournament, the Scotsman apologised to fans and said his focus will now be on preparing for the claycourt season after crashing out in his first match at Indian Wells.

“Sadly, due to a right elbow injury, I won’t be playing in Miami,” Murray, 29, said. “Apologies to the fans. It’s one of my favourite tournaments.

“The focus now is on getting ready for the clay season.”

We wish @andy_murray a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the court very soon. pic.twitter.com/5QDX47LQvm

According to a schedule listed on his website, Murray’s next planned event is next month at Monte Carlo. He is also the reigning champion of the Italian Open on clay.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Murray, a three-time grand slam winner who also took the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles, won the Miami Open crown in 2009 and 2013 and lost in the final in 2012 and 2015, both times to Serbian world No 2 Novak Djokovic.

Murray, the two-time defending Olympic champion, lost to Djokovic in January in the Qatar Open final but won his 45th career title earlier this month in Dubai.

Murray’s decision to drop out of Miami moves 19-year-old American Taylor Fritz into the main draw for the Florida hardcourt event.

* Agence France-Presse

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