'Exhausted' Murray withdraws from Citi Open and Rogers Cup

Heather Diaz
August 7, 2018

Teary-eyed Murray threatens to pull out of Washington Open semis after being forced to play marathon quarter-final till 3 am the same morningA tearful Andy Murrayadvanced to the ATP Washington Open quarter-finals in a three-hour marathon ending at 3:00 am Friday, then ripped organizers for putting him in such a situation.

He released a statement to explain his decision to withdraw from the tournament in Washington and next week's Rogers Cup for which he had received a wildcard entry for.

"I'm gutted not to be playing and I'd like to thank the tournament and all the fans", he said.

"I'm exhausted after playing so much over the last four days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months", said Murray, whose three matches each lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.

It was Murray's first hard court tournament since March 2017 having been plagued by a hip injury.

"I also need to be careful and to listen to my body as I come back from a long- term injury".

"Finishing matches at 3 in the morning is not good", Murray said in remarks reported by The Associated Press.

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Andy Murray later says he might not play his scheduled last-match quarter-final if he can not recovery sufficiently in time. "I don't think I should be put in a position like that, when you're expected to come out and perform the next day.

Not just my hip, but the rest of my body as well".

Tournament director Keely O'Brien had earlier caused controversy with comments to the Washington Post encouraging Murray to play.

"I hope we see him on court tonight fighting like he did last night, because that, I believe, is the right message for anyone in this sport", she said. "I'm not sure how well I'll recover from that".

CLASH OF BROTHERSThird-ranked defending champion Alexander Zverev took bragging rights in his sibling rivalry, beating 15th-seeded older brother Mischa 6-3 7-5 in their first ATP meeting.

When he got to the sideline after the match concluded, he covered his face with a towel and cried, his chest heaving.

The former world No. 1 had to dig deep after conceding a 5-0 advantage in the first-set tie break to lose 7-5, but Murray twice broke Copil in the second set to force a decider.

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