2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray (Player Bio) has officially withdrawn from the Barclays World Tour Finals next month in the London o2 Arena. The decision came after it was apparant that the British No. 1 would be incapable of recovering from back surgery in time for the year-end championships.
The news brings about an anti-climatic finish to the season for Murray, as the Brit was unable to defend his US Open title, having exited in the quarterfinals to Stanislas Wawrinka and had since been rehabilitating his back after he opted for surgery in September. He will be looking to rest and recuperate for the remainder of the season in preparation for an outstanding 2014.
“I’m really disappointed not to be playing this year, I love playing in front of my home crowd, it’s a great atmosphere,” said Murray. “All the players look forward to competing in London and I’ll be doing my best to qualify again for the tournament next year.”
Andre Silva, Tournament Director, Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, said: “It’s unfortunate that Andy will be unable to play in this year’s tournament. He’s had a historic year on the Tour and of course he’ll be missed. We wish him all the best as he continues his recovery from surgery, and we hope to see him back stronger than ever for the 2014 season.”
The World No. 3’s absence from the year-end championships opens up an extra spot for one of the remaining qualifiers, which at this stage would allow potentially Milos Raonic or Richard Gasquet to qualify. The only three players guaranteed spots in the Tour finals are Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer. There are five remaining spots to be filled over the next few weeks.