Andy Murray has pulled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships this week due to a recurring hip issue; tournament organisers said on Monday. The 35-year-old, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is no stranger to hip problems and was on the verge of retirement in 2019 after having surgery the previous year. However, he got his career back on track after another operation and stormed into his fourth ATP final since returning to the tour at last week’s Qatar Open where he was beaten by Daniil Medvedev.
Murray said after his defeat by Medvedev that he would have to manage his body better, especially after physically demanding matches. “At my age and with some of the issues that I’ve got, I do have to be mindful of those things. I cannot just keep going until something happens,” Murray said. “I need to be a bit smarter with that.”
Murray’s pullout from Dubai comes a day after fellow Briton Emma Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, withdrew from the Austin Open in Texas due to tonsillitis.