Fa­tigue keeps Mur­ray at home

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Wim­ble­don cham­pion Andy Mur­ray has with­drawn from the Rogers Cup ten­nis tour­na­ment be­cause of fa­tigue.

The world No. 2 men’s ten­nis player and de­fend­ing Rogers Cup cham­pion made the an­nounce­ment Monday, say­ing he needs time to rest af­ter go­ing deep in sev­eral re­cent tour­na­ments.

Mur­ray is com­ing off his sec­ond ca­reer Wim­ble­don vic­tory, beat­ing Canada’s Mi­los Raonic in three sets in the fi­nal on July 10. He also beat Raonic in the fi­nal of the Ae­gon In­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment lead­ing up to Wim­ble­don, one of the four ma­jor tour­na­ments of the sea­son. The other three are the French, Aus­tralian and U.S. Opens.

Wim­ble­don was the fifth straight time Mur­ray ad­vanced to a tour­na­ment fi­nal. Prior to the Ae­gon tour­na­ment, the Bri­ton was de­feated in three con­sec­u­tive fi­nals by topranked No­vak Djokovic, in­clud­ing the French Open.

“I al­ways look for­ward to com­ing to Canada and it’s the first time I’ve missed the tour­na­ment, the guys there do a great job and al­ways look af­ter the play­ers,” said Mur­ray, a three-time Rogers Cup cham­pion. “My body needs some re­cov­ery time af­ter reach­ing the lat­ter stages of tour­na­ments over the past few months.” Djokovic, as well as highly ranked play­ers Roger Fed­erer, Rafael Nadal and Raonic, re­main part of the Rogers Cup field.

The tour­na­ment be­gins with the start of qual­i­fy­ing on Satur­day.

AN­DREW PAR­SONS, TNS

Wim­ble­don champ Andy Mur­ray will not play at the Rogers Cup.

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