Murray cancels Miami training block but Australian Open not in doubt

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Andy Murray has cancelled a planned two-week training block in Miami due to the groin injury he suffered during Davis Cup but participation at the Australian Open is not in doubt

Andy Murray has cancelled a planned training block in Miami due to a groin injury.

Former world no. 1 Andy Murray’s off-season training plans have been scuppered by a lingering groin injury.

The Times revealed on Thursday that Murray had cancelled a planned two-week training block in Miami because he has not yet recovered from his pelvic injury.

Murray suffered a pelvic bone bruise during November’s Davis Cup in Madrid, where he only played one match before taking on a supporting role for the remainder of Great Britain’s run to the semifinals.

Since then, Murray has been training in the gym and lifting weights but has not yet recovered enough to undergo the planned training block.

According to The Times, he plans to start hitting balls on an indoor court in London over the next seven days.

Murray still plans to compete at the Australian Open in January, although with his current ranking of world no. 126, he will almost certainly need a wildcard in order to play the tournament which begins on 20 January.

Murray will begin his season at the ATP Cup, the ATP’s new international tournament, where Great Britain have been drawn in Group C and will be playing in Sydney. Murray’s first match will be against Grigor Dimitrov as Great Britain face Bulgaria on 3 January.

The recent documentary Andy Murray: Resurfacing on Amazon Prime chronicled the painful process Murray went through over two years as he attempted to find a way to repair the hip injury which caused him to decide to retire at last year’s Australian Open, before undergoing hip resurfacing surgery which put an end to his hip pain and enabled him to make a comeback to competition in mid-2019 – first in doubles, most notably at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, before playing his first singles match at the Cincinnati Masters in mid-August.

Murray played eight singles events in total between August and November and won his first title since hip surgery at the European Open in Antwerp, beating Stan Wawrinka in the final. But after a three-week layoff, during which his wife Kim gave birth to their third child, an out-of-condition Murray struggled against world no. 179 Tallon Griekspoor, eventually recording a narrow victory 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(5) in two hours and 51 minutes. Murray did not play again during the event, the task of representing Great Britain in singles passing to Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund while Murray supported from the bench. Great Britain reached the semifinals before being eliminated by hosts Spain.

‘I had a bit of an issue with my groin, pelvis. I wanted to play but I wasn’t allowed to risk it,’ Murray revealed a few weeks ago.

‘[…] I don’t know exactly when I did it because I had a scan straight after the match with Tallon Griekspoor because my groin area was sore during the match.

‘I had noticed it a little bit a couple of days in the build-up so I didn’t know because after Antwerp I took 12 days off or something and didn’t hit any balls, and then I slowly built up till I got over to Madrid and then started practising hard and I noticed it was a bit sore.

‘It was more like a bony bruise. It’s mild. But that was something which if I had played on it, it could have got worse. And that’s why it was difficult for me.’

Roger Federer admits breaking down in tears after the cancellation of his planned match in Bogota.

In a new documentary chronicling his recent series of exhibition matches in Mexico and South America, Roger Federer described himself as ’emotionally wasted’ after being forced to cancel a match in Bogota, Colombia.

Federer admitted breaking down in tears after returning to the locker room.

ESPN’s documentary ‘Roger Federer: Everywhere is Home’, which airs on Tuesday 17 December, follows Federer through the five-country exhibition tour in a part of the world Federer has very rarely played.

Alongside Alexander Zverev, who replaced the injured Juan Martin del Potro as Federer’s opponent, Federer played in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico over a seven-day period. The Mexico City match drew a crowd of over 42,000 people, a record for a tennis match.

The stop in Bogota, Colombia did not go as planned, however. Over 250,000 people had marched in a mass demonstration as a national strike took place the day before the match, leading to protests, riots and violence. The government imposed a curfew on the day of the match. In response, organizers moved the match time forward.

The two players took the court to warm up but despite the huge crowd, were forced to call off the match due to safety concerns.

Protests and unrest continued over the weekend.

According to Reuters, footage from the documentary shows Federer ‘walking back to his locker room where he broke down in tears and was hugged by Zverev’.

‘We went to warm up and were having a blast on the court, but then everything started to get a bit crazy,’ Federer said. ‘I was thinking, “Is this the best scenario?” Because people need to get home and be safe and this was honestly when I knew we shouldn’t play, it was too much stress and pressure for everybody.

‘I had a bit of a breakdown. It was not going to be the dream match it was supposed to have been and I could feel it all falling apart at the end. When I came back [to the locker room] I was emotionally wasted.’

Federer was forced to announce the cancellation of the match on court to the packed crowd, some of whom booed and jeered in response.

‘I was ready to go and so was Sacha, we are so sorry that this cannot happen but sometimes these things tend to happen,’ Federer said at the time.

‘We have to be safe, we have to be careful and that’s why this is a decision for the people. I hope to be one day coming back and playing in front of you of course.’

South America does not currently boast a Grand Slam or Masters 1000 Series event. Traditionally it has been the home of the ‘Golden Swing’ – a series of clay-court tournaments played in February and early March which tend to attract players who prefer to play on clay rather than on hard courts. ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal has played the tournaments in Buenos Aires, Costo da Saiupe, Santiago and Sao Paulo over the years, as well as the 500 in Acapulco – which became a hard-court event in 2014 – and the 500 in Rio de Janeiro, a clay-court event founded in 2014. But Federer has generally preferred to compete at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which he has won eight times, or the indoor ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam where he is a three-time champion at this time of the season/

ESPN described their documentary as ‘a captivating portrait of a beloved global hero being embraced by adoring fans everywhere he goes, in a region where he had visited only once before’.

Federer was rapturously received by fans in Mexico and South America.

‘It was an unbelievable and amazing trip, each step along the way as the fans expressed their love of the sport and appreciation for the experience,’ he said.

‘There were so many highlights, it was truly a magical adventure and a blast as well.’