Andy Murray’s good form on clay this year has been forced to end out of the blue as he has opted to pull out of the tournament just a few hours before he is supposed to take on David Goffin in the round of 16, The Telegraph reports.
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The British number one had apparently ben unsure as to whether he should appear in Wednesday’s clash with Jeremy Chardy, but in doing so he recorded an impressive 6-4, 6-3 in just under 90 minutes.
However, he decided to throw in the towel on Thursday morning, explaining:
“There’s a lot of studies suggesting that when you’re very tired and run-down, if you continue to compete you can risk injury or picking up an illness,” said.
“It’s not just about today, it could be three days’ time or four days’ time
“I am just trying to make the right decision and listen to what my body is saying because I played nine matches in 12 days, a difficult schedule, and there were a couple of doubles matches thrown in there as well. It’s been a long three weeks for me, the longest I’ve had in clay on my career.”
The is now the second time in three years that Murray has pulled out of this particular tournament after entering. He dropped out of the running in 2013 midway through a match with Marcel Granollers, deciding against aggravating a back injury even further.
He has insisted that he will not train or pick up a racket over the next few days, claiming the he just wants to “rest and sleep and recover” before travelling to Paris early next week to begin preparations for the French Open.