Andy Murray has expressed frustration after another setback when he was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open with a groin injury.
Murray had received a wild card in the tournament and was due to face Lloyd Harris in the first round, but after falling asleep on Friday night he woke up with pain in his left groin that he described as an “abnormal” injury.
“I woke up in the middle of the night around 2:30, rolled over and felt my groin hurt a little bit,” he said.
“When I got up at six in the morning to go to the bathroom, I had a lot of pain when walking. Every time I extended my left hip and stuff, it was a struggle to put weight on it. I have no idea what happened. It wasn’t like he injured me in practice, in the gym or anything like that. It’s just a weird thing and I don’t know exactly why it happened or what the problem is yet. “
Murray thinks the injury is unimportant, but it marks another disappointing setback. Murray says he started the year confident that he would be back to competing with the best players, but hired Covid in January as he was due to travel to the Australian Open.
Not only did the illness force him to withdraw from the tournament, it naturally set him back and struggled to find a rhythm during the ATP indoor swing. After retiring from Dubai last week with the birth of their fourth child, Miami marked Murray’s last chance on hard courts before the clay court season begins. He had traveled there last Wednesday to be prepared.
Another injury will inevitably lead to more questions about whether Murray’s body can withstand the rigors of the tour, which he says would be more compelling if he was struggling to recover after long games.
“All the indications with the gym work and my practice and training and the things that I’m doing suggest that I’m fine, but then I keep getting these things,” he said.
“This is a very small thing. I’ve been in shape for the last six months, really, with training and everything and I was unlucky with the coronavirus, but players miss tournaments all the time with little injuries and stuff. “
Murray has shown remarkable patience to continually return to rehab boredom after four years of injury setbacks, but even his patience has its limits. “I really just want to be on the court competing. I can’t be bothered to do another eight to ten weeks of rehab. The reason I’m doing all of that is to get back on the court and compete. So I was really bummed out of missing Australia because I had worked so hard to be in the position to be ready for that over the past few years.
“It’s hard work and now it’s harder for me to motivate myself to do all the rehab and everything else if I’m not going to be able to compete in the biggest events. That’s why this was like, damn, just give me a break for this event so I can compete against these guys in a big tournament and see what I can still do. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism