Britain’s former number one, Andy Murray decided to finish his ATP tour early. The 31-year-old already hinted that this season would soon come to an end for him. Before Shenzhen and Beijing tournaments started, Murray said that he’d be happy to join these two competitions. However, since he suffered a minor ankle injury, the Scot decided not to play at the China Open after all.
“I need to spend more time on the practice court and the gym so that I'm more robust and physically in better shape,” said Murray. As Andy’s team reported, the 31-year-old was eager to participate in more tournaments, including China Open. However, his medical team advised him to finish his ATP tour after the Shenzhen Open. Murray decided to listen to medical advice. One of the reasons for following that advice is that the tennis player took into account his long-term plans.
The main focus for Andy is Australia Open. The Scot will miss the remaining two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, namely, the Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters. However, Murray plans to use this time to prepare for the next year. “I've decided to end my season to give me the preparation time I need to get ready for a strong 2019,” said Murray.
Since the hip surgery, the betting apps favourite, Murray played at five tournaments. After spending almost a year out of the courts, the 31-year-old first appeared at the Queen's Club Championships. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in the Round of 32. This year’s Eastbourne International saw Murray defeating Stan Wawrinka in the Round of 32, only to lose the next round to Kyle Edmund. Citi Open was successful for Murray as he reached the tournament quarterfinals where Alex de Minaur stopped him.
The last tournament Murray played this year is Shenzhen Open. Former UK’s number one defeated Zhang Zhizhen. We also saw Murray’s brilliant play during his duel with world’s number 11, David Goffin. However, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco sent Murray out of the Shenzhen Open.
So, Murray won’t be playing this year any more. We’ll see how 2019 will treat former world number one.