Andy Murray calls time on year but sets his sights on Brisbane and Melbourne!

Andy Murray has announced he will miss the remainder of the season as expected. The former world number one has been suffering with this hip injury since the semi-final of Roland Garros about 3 months ago.

Murray took time off after Wimbledon and was hoping to return in Toronto but then withdrew from the tournament and Cincinnati the week after and after arriving and practicing at Flushing Meadows took the tough decision to withdraw and has now called time on his season.

Murray has been to see plenty of experts regarding his hip and taking the rest of the year off is the right decision as much as we want to see him play seeing him play healthy is priority.

Murray has announced that the plan is to be fit for Brisbane at the beginning of next year. The expectancy is that Andy will see specialists and is expecting to go through usual pre-season training in Miami where he was joined by Kyle Edmund last year but could travel to Australia earlier than usual.

Murray has confirmed that he will still take part in the charity match against Roger Federer later this year in Glasgow.

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Andy Murray the latest to withdraw from US Open

Andy Murray has become the latest high profile name to withdraw from the US Open. Andy has been suffering from a hip injury since his match against Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros and still hasn’t recovered despite rest and seeing a number of specialist.

Just over a week ago it was confirmed by Jamie Delgado on Twitter that Team Murray were on their way to Flushing Meadows and have been training at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center but Murray said the hip is sore and isn’t good enough for him to win the competition which is the main goal.

Andy joins Novak, Stan, Milos and Kei as having withdrawn from the final major of the year.

It is unknown as yet what Murray’s plan for the rest of 2017 is but I’d be surprised if he does play again this year.

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Five years on from that night in New York…

A phrase I will never forget, ”history is made at the US Open” those words at that time Novak Djokovic hit that forehand long is a moment I will never forget.

Mark Petchey a former coach of Andy Murray said those words and he went onto say how he fought and sacrificed for this moment the first male grand slam winner for 76 years. History.

The pressure was incredible on him and going two sets up relieves pressure for a while but then in a 5th set it’s more intense than anyone could imagine whether you were aiming for your first or fourteenth title the pressure is there.

The raw emotion of that match probably has to go down as one of the best moments in British sporting history and of course two years later wins Wimbledon.

2017 celebrates 5 years of that night in New York under the lights which propelled him to so much more and who knows what will happen next?

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ATP A&E

The last major of the year approaches. On the men’s side of the draw it is looking an episode of casualty. The injuries keep on pilling up and speculation grows day by day on who will be taking part at Flushing Meadows.

Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka who both participated in last year’s final will not feature again this season and it is looking unlikely that Andy Murray will be taking part. The Brit has been suffering from a hip issue for quite some time which was evident in his loss at Wimbledon and since then has recently pulled out of Rogers Cup this week and just pulled out of Cincinnati next week.

There are also concerns over Nick Kyrgios who didn’t seem to be moving well in his defeat to Alex Zverev in Montreal last night as well as Cilic and Berdych but all are down to play next week in Cincinnati.

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Cruise Control

As cool as you like. Andy has cruised into round three and will be back in action on Friday afternoon as the world number one turned on the style to see off the unpredictable Dustin Brown.

Dustin has a reputation at SW19 having seen off Rafael Nadal famously in the second round back in 2015 delighting the centre court crowd to his variety of tennis skill but today Andy Murray had his card marked and put on a performance and a half as he cruised through to Friday.

6-3 6-2 6-2 is a scoreline I didn’t expect as Dustin usually hangs in well but Murray was quick to reacting to the countless drop shots as well as producing some stunning tennis whether it was that famous two-handed lob or those passing shots where he goes for a little jog around the net post.

There were plenty of concerns coming into the tournament about form and hip injury but based on the first two matches, it’s looking very good!

25 games played today:

31 winners
5 unforced errors
52/66 points won on serve

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How much does Kei Nishikori have left in the tank?

Once again Kei Nishikori has edged his way into the next round at Roland Garros with a four sets win against Fernando Verdasco which to be honest was quite messy and for the second match running lost a set of tennis 6-0.

The match was a mess and in all honesty if I had to rate Nishikori out of 10 based on the whole match it would be a 5. To me he seemed flat, uninterested and emotionless and he huffed, puffed and blew Verdasco away but how much does he have left in the tank?

Mid-way through the third set a statistic was thrown up when the set was level at 3-3 with Nishikori hitting 21 winners compared to 38 unforced errors and as the tournament progresses he won’t continue to get away with it and looked knackered by the end of his match but to become a genuine contender at one of these majors at some point you have find that level where you will have to play top player after top player day after day and potentially go to five sets and I don’t see it.

Next up for Kei is Andy Murray who has got much better as the week has gone on with a couple of perfect performances against Del Potro and Kacanhov in the last round and I’d expect a long battle between these two but how much does Kei have left in the tank? He has looked tired and flat and with this vibe he gives off it’s difficult for the crowd as well to get behind him as these crowds at the major tournaments react to you and if you’re flat the crowd is flat and to win these majors you need that extra push by the crowd.

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Roland Garros Preview – Andy Murray v Juan Martin Del Potro

Wherever these two meet they bring a crowd. Rome, New York, Rio, London and now add Paris to that list as Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Murray face off once again. Sadly someone’s run at Roland Garros comes to an end on the clay their first meeting on the surface since 2009.

Preparing to play against Juan Martin is a tough ask because it’s not about what game you are going to play but how to stop a player of Del Potro’s quality and if I were Andy Murray I’d be having a look at Djokovic’ performance Del Potro not long ago when the defending champion nullified the strength of Del Potro which is his forehand.

We did some much better tennis from Murray against Klizan despite taking four sets to get the win but after losing the first set he did react quickly taking a step back on the baseline to get more security behind the backhand which was a little rushed and found contact with the net instead of the baseline in set one but he also used that backhand slice well and is something he should deploy against the Argentine.

Murray has used the drop shot and the sliced backhand well so far this week and hasn’t really missed many of eight sets of tennis and if he can take the pace away from the rally then he has a good chance of gaining control and removing that build up to a massive forehand from the Argentine.

Del Potro did have a bit of an issue during his match with Almagro when the Spaniard unfortunately had to retire but Del Potro did suffer with what looked like a groin injury at the end of the first set.

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