It was expected, even though the organizers still held on to a weak hope. Andy Murray, who had planned to participate in the ATP 250 tournaments of the South France Open in Montpellier (February 3 to 10) and the Open 13 in Marseille (February 18 to 24), eventually had to give up.
The Scot, former world champion number three of three Grand Slam tournaments, suffers from the hip. In Australia he announced with tears his upcoming retirement due to recurring pain. A way out he hoped to be able to return to Wimbledon after one last honourary.
Murray: "I have no choice"
"In the professional career of a professional athlete it is very difficult to go through this period, I know that Andy, a great man and a great competitor, regrets Sebastien Grosjean, the director of the Open Sud de France, I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope he soon sees him again in full possession of his means. "
Retired in the first round of the Australian Open, he decided a few days before he decided for the rest of his season. "It's a big blow, but I have no choice," said the Briton. The press release from the Marseille tournament states that it "should undergo a new operation".
In Montpellier, the wildcard, which was initially awarded to Andy Murray, was awarded to the great Canadian hopefuls Denis Shapovalov, the current 27th World. At the Open 13, this package benefits the finalist of the Doha tournament, the Czech Tomas Berdych (already represented in the table in Montpellier).