Still hindered by his hip injury, Andy Murray is forced to not play the 27th Open 13 Provence that will happen next 18th to 24th of February.
The British player had undergone surgery a year ago and since has only been able to play 12 matches in 2018. With the firm intention of coming back this year, the former number 1 in the world had put the Marseille tournament on his calendar.
But due to ongoing pain in the hip, Andy Murray may have to undergo surgery again and therefore playing the upcoming tournaments including Marseille was no longer an option. « It’s tough but I don’t have a choice, I was very keen on returning to Marseille where I won the tournament in 2008. This title, one of the first of my career, remains a great memory. ».
Tournament director Jean-François Caujolle wanted to show his support to Andy : « I feel for him. It makes me sad to see such a great player, that is also a person that I like a lot, have to go through such tough times. I wish for him to be able to overcome this episode in order to come back to the courts and end his career on his own terms. He deserves it. ».
Andy Murray will be replaced in the main draw by Tomas Berdych, runner-up in 2013 in Marseille who is currently making his comeback after a 6 month sideline due to injury. The Czech has already a final under his belt in 2019 (Doha) and is still in running at the Australian Open (4th round).