Andy Murray issues ‘very disappointing’ injury update as he pulls out of two tournaments

Ewan West
Andy Murray after sustaining an ankle injury at the Miami Open 2024
Andy Murray looks on after sustaining an ankle injury at the Miami Open

Andy Murray has provided a fitness update following the serious ankle injury he suffered at the 2024 Miami Open and revealed it is “still not clear” how long he will be out of action. 

The three-time Grand Slam champion has withdrawn from upcoming tournaments in Monte Carlo and Munich, with Murray’s team describing this news as “very disappointing” for him.

Murray sustained a “full rupture” of his ATFL and a “near full thickness rupture” of his CFL in his ankle near the conclusion of his three-set third round defeat to Tomas Machac at the Miami Open last week.

Despite the severity of the injury, Murray, remarkably, managed to continue and performed at a solid level to come within two points of victory in the decisive third set tiebreak.

Following the cruel injury blow in his final appearance at the Miami Open, Murray wrote on Instagram: “I will see an ankle specialist when I return home to determine next steps.

“Goes without saying this is a tough one to take and I’ll be out for an extended period. But I’ll be back with 1 hip and no ankle ligaments when the time is right 😉”

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The former world No 1 announced in February that he is “not likely” to play beyond this summer, making the timing of this setback highly unfortunate as he nears his retirement.

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Murray was next due to compete at clay-court events in Monte Carlo and Munich next month, but the date of his next tournament remains unclear following this update. The British legend will likely miss further events he had hoped to play for a final time as he nears the end of his illustrious career.

In a statement released by Murray’s management team, it was confirmed that the 36-year-old would at least miss the beginning of the clay-court season.

“Following consultation with his team and medical experts, Andy Murray has taken the decision to miss the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters and BMW Open Munich,” the statement read.

“At this stage, it is still not clear how long Andy will be out of action, and he is continuing to review options with his medical team.

“Obviously this is very disappointing news for Andy and he has reiterated his desire to get back on court as soon as possible.

“He thanks all his fans for their kind messages of support and will continue to update everybody as the situation evolves.”

The ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo will run from April 7-14, while the ATP 250 tournament in Munich will be played from April 15-21.

In Miami, Murray played some of his best tennis in recent years as he won back-to-back matches to progress to the third round of a tournament for the first time since the Canadian Open in August.

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