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Cologne 2: Murray gives up

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 19, 2020
No Cologne 2 for Andy Murray! After the French Open, the former world number 1 had set sail for Germany with the desire to regain a little level and tennis. Defeated from the start last week in the first tournament in Cologne by Fernando Verdasco (6-4, 6-4), the Scotsman was also aligned with the second. He won’t even see it. Again reduced by tendonitis in the left psoas, in the pelvic girdle, Murray announced his plan in a video posted on his Facebook account on Sunday. “It’s been coming and going since the US Open,” says Murray, beaten in three sets in the 2nd round by Félix Auger-Aliassime in New York. I tried to deal with it in training and in matches but unfortunately after meeting here the pain returned. I’ve been training the last few days trying to cope with it, but after playing a few points today (Sunday) I decided it wasn’t enough to play. “

A long and slow crossing of the desert …

Andy Murray (33) is painful to see and it is all tennis that suffers from the absence of the former world number 1. His case never ceases to question the circuit and the prospect that he may one day withdraw voluntarily out of weariness or involuntarily because of an injury, becomes more and more real. Especially since the Scottish has continued to chain the galleys since his two hip operations which led him to reflect on the rest of his career at the Australian Open in 2019, and even to consider the retirement. Last year, the Briton managed to come back, timidly, listening to his body but also with a fierce desire to return to a Top 100 with which he is flirting (113th worldwide). His title in Antwerp, the first since March 2017, obtained a year ago against Stan Wawrinka (3-6, 6-4, 6-4), had reinvigorated him.

The phoenix was then finally reborn from its ashes before finally extinguishing itself again, diminished by a body that seems to have reached its limits. At Roland Garros this year, the former triple Grand Slam winner (2 Wimbledon and 1 US Open) seemed to be on his feet, motivated by the idea of ​​finding the Swiss who had given him pleasure in 2019. Reality was quite different and the correction inflicted by Wawrinka (6-1, 6-3, 6-2) did not make anyone laugh. Worse still, she reminded us of what heartbreaking the decadence of a racket virtuoso could constitute. No one knows whether we will one day see Andy Murray express himself on the court without difficulty, but one thing is certain: the Briton at least keeps the desire.