Andy Murray has decided to skip the Delray Beach open and will instead begin his year with Australian Open.
The Delray beach open is held in Florida but a recent spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the USA has forced many of the top players to skip the tournament.
The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com is typically played in February, but it is now in the first week of the 2021 ATP Tour season alongside the Antalya Open due to COVID-19. The main draw will be played from 7-13 January 2021.
Murray’s lack of practice-
Murray, who missed most of the 2020 season due to complications with his hip and struggled for form on his return after the COVID-19 hiatus, had accepted a wildcard for the Jan. 7-13 ATP 250 tournament last week.
The tournament serves as a warm-up for the Australian Open in Melbourne, which will begin three weeks later than scheduled on Feb. 8 due to COVID-19 health and safety measures.
“After much deliberation with my team I’ve decided not to travel to play in Delray Beach,” Murray, 33, said on Thursday.
“Given the increase in COVID rates and the transatlantic flights involved, I want to minimise the risks ahead of the Australian Open.”
Murray, a former world number one and three-times Grand Slam champion, underwent hip resurfacing surgery in January last year and has slipped to 122nd in the rankings after playing only seven matches in 2020.
Raonic and Isner to be highlights of the tournament-
On the other hand,World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and World No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut will lead the Spanish team at the ATP Cup this year, according to Spanish daily MARCA. The tournament is scheduled to be held in the first week of February, just prior to the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut will reportedly be joined by World No. 16 Pablo Carreno Busta and doubles specialist Marcel Granollers in the squad.