Andy Murray rules himself out of the Dubai Tennis Championships

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Dubai Tennis Championships after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the Qatar Open final
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Dubai Tennis Championships
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Dubai Tennis Championships

(Tennis news) Andy Murray has confirmed that he will not participate in the Dubai Tennis Championships, saying that he needs a break to look after his body. The Scotsman underwent a hip surgery in 2019 and has emphasised on the importance of being smarter and using science to prepare for tournaments. Murray is hopeful that by giving his body adequate rest, he will be in optimal condition to compete at Wimbledon later this year. The 35 year old said that he no longer overloads his body with intense training sessions and now focuses more on fine details and analysing his workouts through data-tracking.

Speaking to The Times in an interview, Murray said “The matches I had last week were physically pretty demanding. It was five matches in six days – the last time I did that was in Stuttgart (in June) but because of the surface (grass), the matches were physically really not that challenging. I had an issue then with my abdominal muscle and on Friday evening in Doha I was feeling my abs a little bit after the semi-final. Because of the experience I had last year, it was clearly a load-related thing because of the amount of tennis I played in a short period, so I was a bit worried about that. 

“I do have to be a bit mindful of my body now, which I wouldn’t have been in my mid-twenties. Because of the issues that I have, it’s not as simple as it used to be. There’s a little bit more of a science to my training and how much I should be putting my body through. Obviously, last week was extreme. I do believe that this is allowing me to be in much better shape. I know exactly when I go on the court, how much time I’m going to spend on it and which drills and exercises I do are going to get me to certain heart-rate zones. 

“Rather than just blasting yourself twice, once on the court and once in the gym, sometimes I only need to do it on the court if I’m getting the right stimulus from the tennis session. My feeling on Wimbledon is that less players play well on grass. More of the guys are comfortable on the hard courts and that probably increases my chances. I’m not saying I would expect to win the French Open (on clay) if I played, but with Wimbledon, there is certainly a better opportunity to have a deep run. 

“Yes, I have some niggles and my body doesn’t feel amazing, but it’s coped really well with the first few tournaments of the year that have been really demanding. My belief is that my body would be fine to play seven five-set matches if needs be. Granted, if they are six-hour ones, probably not, but regular five-set matches, I’d be able to cope with that.” 

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