Swiss Indoors Basel, Bettenstrasse 73, CH-4123 Allschwil
24. April 2014
Back injury forces Scotland’s Andy Murray to pull out

In world tennis, the risk of injury increases towards the end of a long season. Late on Friday evening, news reached Switzerland from the ATP World Tour’s European headquarters in Monaco that Scotland’s Andy Murray had been forced to withdraw from the Swiss Indoors Basel due to a back injury. The Olympic champion was seeded second behind current title holder Roger Federer at the tournament, which is the highlight of the Swiss tennis calendar.
Murray’s relationship with Basel has been marked by a series of unfortunate events. The most notable of these occurred just last year: the star from the island was chasing important ATP ranking points and asked Basel for a wildcard, which was awarded to him by the tournament management at the expense of Basel’s Marco Chiudinelli. However, Murray then had to withdraw from the tournament with a strained gluteal muscle on the first day of play. As a result, the Scot volunteered to make up for his misfortune in 2011. By last autumn, he had already made a binding, definitive promise to the Swiss Indoors that he would take part in this year’s tournament.
“There is a fine line between good luck and bad luck”, said tournament director Roger Brennwald, who launched the tournament’s first “British Day” – held on the Tuesday this year – not least in honour of the Olympic champion. With four decades of world-class tennis behind it, Basel will overcome this setback – and the draw remains extremely strong. Murray, for his part, may pay a physical price for his outstanding season. The 25-year old Scot is considered to be relatively injury-prone – just last year he was forced to withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London, in front of a home crowd, due to injury. Murray’s withdrawal from Basel means that Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (no. 68 in the ATP Rankings) earns a place in the main draw.

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