Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Miami Open: Andy Murray pulls out with injured elbow

Miami Open: Andy Murray pulls out with injured elbow

Both played below par in Indian Wells, Murray going out in the second round to the world No129, Vasek Pospisil, whose threat was disguised by an extended absence through injury, and Djokovic losing to a lively Nick Kyrgios two days ago.

"I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament", Djokovic said Sunday in a statement.

Not long after that news broke, World No. 1 Andy Murray surprisingly announced his own right elbow injury, making his Miami withdrawal official, though his sounds more like a precaution.

A two-time champion of the event in 2009 and 2013, Murray seized the No. 1 ranking late previous year from Novak Djokovic, who reportedly could also miss the event because of an elbow issue.

With the top seed's departure, world number 136 Taylor Fritz, the 19-year-old American, will take his place in the main draw.

Reports claimed that the former world number one went back to Monaco to consult doctor. Top-ranked Serena Williams, an eight-time champions at the event, will also miss it this year, citing a knee injury.

The men's singles at the Miami tournament begins on Wednesday, with the event running until April 2.

Murray has surpassed him as world number one and will hold an advantage of more than 4,000 ranking points over his rival come the end of the Miami Open where the victor gets 1,000.

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