Murray’s not ‘coming back’ in DC

The long awaited return of Andy Murray to the ATP tour has been postponed. His website made the announcement today; he has withdrawn from the Legg Mason Classic tournament due to his wrist injury.

Britains no. 1 player had been hoping to be ready for next week’s hardcourt event after reaching the final in Washington last year.

The tear in his tendons, which he picked up during the Hamburg Masters ten weeks ago after a mistimed forehand, has already caused him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon. He has been testing the injury this week at the Bollettieri academy in Florida and has decided that he would like to use thisweek to continue the rehabilitation of his wrist, despite having been given the all-clear by doctors that his wrist has fully healed. However Murray wants to ease back into competition after being out for so long.

Murray is hoping to make his comeback at the Canada Masters in Montreal which begins on August 6. After Montreal there is just one Masters Series competition left before the start of the US Open on August 28th. This is the Cincinnati Masters, where Murray performed very well last year, beating Roger Federer in straight sets.

Due to lack of play, Murrays rankings have slipped from within the top 10 to world no. 14. He will have to play well in the next few tournaments if he wants to improve on his fourth round exit at the US open last year.

Let’s hope Andy gets the support he needs, even if it does mean surgery.  A number of other tennis greats have done.  Hopefully he’ll be able to get past this and continue with that winning attitude we all love so much!