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Aug 15 – The former World No. 1 withdrew from the Canadian Open last week with the same illness ahead of his third-round match against Jannik Sinner in Toronto. He won the first of his three majors in Flushing Meadows in 2012 and is a two-time past champion in Cincinnati.
Murray said at the time: “I had a very similar issue last year in the tournament in Stuttgart before Wimbledon which forced me to miss the Queen’s Club tournament and I was able to play Wimbledon. It took me about 10 to 12 days before I was feeling good again.
“This is not as bad as that, but obviously the danger if you compete and play on it is you make it worse. So, I’ll need to see how it develops over the coming days and hopefully feel better in a few days. I’m really sorry. Thank you.”
Murray had demonstrated his fighting mentality in Canada when he defeated Max Purcell in the second round after a two-hour, 47-minute duel. After withdrawing from that event, he travelled to Cincinnati, but is unable to compete due to the same injury and has withdrawn ahead of his match against 11th seed Karen Khachanov.
Khachanov has been out with a groyne injury since losing in the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros to Novak Djokovic. Instead of Murray, he will now play a lucky loser.
Murray is rated 36th in the world, his highest position since undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in 2019.
Meanwhile, Murray has been reinstated to Great Britain’s Davis Cup team for the group stage finals in Manchester.
Murray was left out of his country’s team for the 3-1 victory over Colombia in February, with youngster Jack Draper taking his spot.
However, the 36-year-old, who was instrumental in Britain winning the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years in 2015, was appointed to the roster on Tuesday for the September 12-17 matches against Australia, France, and Switzerland.
Murray is joined in the four-man group by Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, and Neal Skupski as Leon Smith’s players try to qualify for the knockout stage in Malaga in November.