Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Nottingham Challenger. Murray, who hasn’t performed since shedding within the Rotterdam round-of-16 within the early-March, had been scheduled to kick off his grass season subsequent week on the Viking Open Nottingham.
Dropping Murray was actually a giant blow for the Nottingham Challenger however top-ranked British tennis participant Dan Evans accepted a wild-card into the occasion. In addition to Evans, rising British star Jay Clarke and Ryan Peniston additionally obtained a wildcard into Nottingham.
“It’s nice that we’re in a position to provide these alternatives to our gamers to get again on the grass at house,” LTA Head of Males’s Tennis Leon Smith mentioned. “Dan’s file this 12 months and on the occasion speaks for itself.
Jay is nearly taking part in in his yard and that is good probability for him to construct momentum for the grass court docket season. Ryan has performed properly this 12 months on the Futures circuit and he’ll welcome the possibility step up being a part of a powerful occasion in Nottingham this 12 months”.
Murray has performed solely three occasions to date in 2021
Murray kicked off his 2021 season on the Biella Challenger 2, the place he ended runner-up to Ilya Marchenko within the remaining. Murray then suffered a primary spherical loss in Montpellier, earlier than shedding within the Rotterdam round-of-16.
“After I acquired again from Miami, I went by way of a means of scans. They did not present something critical however I used to be nonetheless having ache,” Murray mentioned in Might. “I needed to do numerous work within the gymnasium to deal with some imbalances and lack of vary of movement.
I have been engaged on that for a couple of weeks however the constructive factor was that I used to be in a position to follow just about since I acquired again. “The final 5 – 6 days there was a particular enchancment. I’ve performed factors the final 4 days and there hasn’t been residual ache when waking up.”