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Murray pulls out of Chinese event

Andy Murray
Murray last played competitively in the Davis Cup defeat to Poland last month

Andy Murray has withdrawn from next week's Shanghai Masters as he continues to recover from a wrist injury.

Murray, who wants to give his injured left wrist more time to heal, has not played since Great Britain's Davis Cup defeat by Poland in Liverpool.

His withdrawal from the Shanghai event follows his decision not to participate in the Japan Open this week.

Murray, who first picked up the injury during the US Open, now plans to return in Valencia next month.

"I apologise for the inconvenience that my withdrawal may cause but I trust you understand, the situation is beyond my control and I would much rather participate in the tournament than be in the current position regarding my health," Murray said in a letter to the Shanghai tournament organisers.

And a statement on the Scot's website read: "Due to medical advice Andy will not be travelling to China.

"He has decided to give his wrist extra time to recover and is likely to return for the Valencia Open."


That tournament begins on 2 November, with the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals in London following three weeks later.

Murray aggravated his injury by playing three matches in three days in the Davis Cup loss to Poland last month.

"It's a sensible decision from Murray because he played against medical advice in Liverpool at Davis Cup and that, while honourable, has basically forced him out of two individual tournaments," says 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend.

"With hindsight, it was clearly the wrong decision to play three matches in three days in Liverpool with an injury, and I think Murray knows that.

"I think he knew at the time it was the wrong decision but felt obliged to play when the final call was left up to him. Perhaps those on the sidelines should have seen the bigger picture and taken the decision away from him."

Murray has been seeing the same specialist who looked after him when he hurt his right wrist two years ago and was out of action for three months.

"That was a bit of a freak thing," said Murray, after pulling out of the Japan Open. "It came out of nowhere and that was agony. I couldn't even hold a racquet never mind play a match.

"This one feels more like tendinitis, where it's sore and it can get better and worse."

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