Having just been pipped for a place in the final of Battle of the Brits competition by Dan Evans, Andy Murray has withdrawn from the final day’s schedule in which he was to play a Cameron Norrie in a third-place play-off.
Some of the tennis this week has been very encouraging, I just wasn’t able to do it for long enough in the matches. That’s something that when I was up at the top of the game and competing regularly, my level was the same throughout whereas I’m struggling to maintain that, probably just with lack of matches Andy Murray
Murray has withdrawn from the event sponsored by Schroders, being held behind closed doors at the NTC in Roehampton, citing ‘issues with his shins’ as precautionary measure before returning to the ATP Tour in August.
The Scot said he didn’t want to aggravate a niggling injury any further by playing five matches in six days.
His place is being taken over by James Ward.
Despite that niggle, Murray is happy with the overall progress he has made during the week.
“I thought I started the match well and then like in all of my matches this week, my levels dropped off a bit after that,” he said after losing his semi-final to Dan Evans.
“I’ve just not been able to sustain a high level for long enough. My game is there, I just need more time to practise and prepare and I’ll get there.
“It was a big step up this week from what I’ve been doing, and I coped with it physically relatively well, I thought I moved better with each match and was a bit more confident. It was a positive week.
“Some of the tennis this week has been very encouraging, I just wasn’t able to do it for long enough in the matches.
“That’s something that when I was up at the top of the game and competing regularly, my level was the same throughout whereas I’m struggling to maintain that, probably just with lack of matches.”
Murray suggested he will not compete again until the ATP Tour resumes with the Citi Open, which is scheduled to start on August 14 but not the Cincinnati Masters scheduled for the following week on the Flushing Meadows courts prior to the US Open.
“It’s just so close to a slam and I would hate to pick up a niggle or something that prevented me from playing in New York.
“I would rather play Washington and miss the event the week before the US Open, if they all go ahead.”