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Andy Murray withdraws from Canadian Open


  • World No 1 Andy Murray has struggled for fitness due to a hip problem 
  • Murray was hindered by the issue at Wimbledon and has been laying low since 
  • If Rafael Nadal makes semi-final in Canada, he’ll replace Murray as World No 1

Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail

Andy Murray has pulled out of next week’s Canadian Open, and looks likely to relinquish the world No 1 position before the US Open.

But the 30 year-old Scot is still keeping his options open for a return later this month, either at the Cincinnati Masters or at Flushing Meadows.

In the meantime Rafael Nadal needs only to reach the semi-finals in Montreal this week to end Murray’s reign at the top, which goes back to last November. Roger Federer, who has confirmed his presence in Canada, is also in close proximity.

Andy Murray showed off a gruelling set of gym exercises as he prepared for a return to action

Andy Murray showed off a gruelling set of gym exercises as he prepared for a return to action

Andy Murray showed off a gruelling set of gym exercises as he prepared for a return to action

Murray lifted weights with his legs and worked on core strength as he rehabilitates his hip

Murray lifted weights with his legs and worked on core strength as he rehabilitates his hip

Murray lifted weights with his legs and worked on core strength as he rehabilitates his hip

The two-time Wimbledon champion was last seen limping out of the SW19 quarter-finals

The two-time Wimbledon champion was last seen limping out of the SW19 quarter-finals

The two-time Wimbledon champion was last seen limping out of the SW19 quarter-finals

Murray is putting in the hard yards ahead of the year's final grand slam, the US Open

Murray is putting in the hard yards ahead of the year's final grand slam, the US Open

Murray is putting in the hard yards ahead of the year’s final grand slam, the US Open

Murray has kept a low profile since limping out of the Wimbledon quarter final, although has been a regular visitor to the All England Club, where has seems to have spent most time in the gym working on rehab for his troublesome hip. He has also been doing pool sessions.

He has kept any updates on his progress unusually bland, and on Thursday night said: ‘I am sad to be missing the tournament in Montreal because I have many great memories from my time in Canada. I am doing everything I can to return as quickly as possible.’

At the moment there is little indication that he plans to follow Novak Djokovic in taking a prolonged break, and is still expected to be back in time for New York. Yet he has put no deadline on his return. He is currently at his home in Surrey.

By New York he may be below both Nadal and Federer in the rankings, but has given little impression of enjoying being No 1 anyway.

He has points coming off his ranking from making the Cincinnati final a year ago, making it more likely that he will be outside the top two seeds at Flushing Meadows.

His withdrawal from Canada comes on the back of Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic pulling out, although Federer is still in. That suggests he has decided to make a proper run at the world No 1 spot, which is entirely realistic following his Wimbledon triumph.

Murray has pulled out of next week's Canadian Open and could lose his world No 1 crown

Murray has pulled out of next week's Canadian Open and could lose his world No 1 crown

Murray has pulled out of next week’s Canadian Open and could lose his world No 1 crown

Rafael Nadal only needs to reach the semi-final in Canada to dislodge Murray as world No 1

Rafael Nadal only needs to reach the semi-final in Canada to dislodge Murray as world No 1

Rafael Nadal only needs to reach the semi-final in Canada to dislodge Murray as world No 1

Maria Sharapova also scratched from the event on Thursday, following her pulling out of this week’s Bank of the West Classic with an injury to her forearm. 

Since making the semi-finals of her return from a doping ban in Stuttgart in late April her comeback has hit the buffers.

She pulled out of Rome, was denied a wildcard to the French Open and then withdrew from Birmingham and Wimbledon qualifying.



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