Andy Murray’s season seemingly over after Brit is left off list of wildcards for Paris Masters
Another truncated season for Andy Murray appears to be over after he was left off the list of wildcards for next week’s Paris Masters indoor event.
The 33 year-old Scot had not sought a privileged entry into either the main or qualifying draw, and his ranking of 117 would not be high enough for him to gain entry into the latter.
So, after pulling out of the ATP Tour event in Cologne last week with tendinitis in a hip muscle, that appears to be a competitive end to 2020 for the double Wimbledon champion, although theoretically there is still a tournament left in Bulgaria the week after next.
Andy Murray was left off the list of wildcards for next week’s Paris Masters indoor event
It means that having missed the pre-lockdown early part of the season he will have played seven official matches, although he did manage to participate in the two ‘Battle of the Brits’ events at Roehampton promoted by brother Jamie.
Murray won three of his matches on tour, with the highlights being a victory over world number seven Alex Zverev and his epic first round success at the US Open over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.
He has not been the same since that five-setter, however, and after losing in the first round of the initial Cologne tournament – two were played consecutively – it seems he will take no further part.
All that is left for him now is to hope that rest allows him to prepare properly for the start of the season in Australia, which players will have to leave two weeks early for, in order to serve a quarantine period.
Britain’s representatives in Paris will be Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans, the latter of whom made the second round in Vienna on Tuesday. He was leading his opponent, Aljaz Bedene, 6-3 5-4 when the one-time Brit retired with a hamstring injury.
Closer to home the Lawn Tennis Association is warning that a third of community pay and play indoor centres are in danger of closing this winter without government assistance.
Around 18 are believed to be vulnerable due to being in areas where they are either closed altogether or subject to restrictions where only family groups can play or one-on-one coaching is allowed.