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Andy Murray not yet ready to compete, skips grasscourt event

/ 06:12 PM June 04, 2021
Andy Murray

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Great Britain’s Andy Murray during training REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Britain’s former world number one Andy Murray has withdrawn from a June 5-13 grasscourt ATP Challenger event in Nottingham as he is not yet ready to compete while he continues his recovery from injury, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said on Thursday.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray has fallen to 123 in the world rankings after long injury lay-offs because of hip surgeries.

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Murray last played at the Rotterdam Open where he was beaten by Russian Andrey Rublev in early March before pulling out of the Miami Open later that month due to a groin injury.

“Andy Murray announced on Thursday afternoon that he was withdrawing from the event as he didn’t feel ready to compete and is targeting a return at … The Queen’s Club later this month,” the LTA said in a statement.

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The 34-year-old was initially looking to earn a wildcard at the French Open but eventually decided to skip the claycourt swing to focus on a return to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon.

The Queen’s Club event begins on June 14 while Wimbledon, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled for June 28-July 11.

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