World No1 Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Miami Open with an injury to his right elbow.
Sadly, due to a right elbow injury, I won't be playing in Miami
The champion of 2009 and 2013 had hoped to extend his lead over Novak Djokovic in his attempts to stay ahead of the Serb at the top of the rankings.
"Sadly, due to a right elbow injury, I won’t be playing in Miami," Murray said in a short statement. "Apologies to the fans, it’s one of my favourite tournaments. The focus is on getting ready for the clay-court season."
The official Twitter account of the tournament also wished him a quick recovery: "We wish @andy_murray a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the court very soon."
The American world number 136 Taylor Fritz is expected to replace Murray who is obviously now taking his clay court preparations seriously with a view to the competing in the Davis Cup tie against France starting April 7.
It is rumoured that Djokovic, the defending champion, could also be withdrawing with a similar problem which if it proves to be the case, will help MurrayÈs cause in the points race.