World number one, Andy Murray has cast doubts over his participation at next week’s Monte Carlo Masters as he continues to recover from a right elbow injury.
Murray has not played since a shock opening round loss to Vasek Pospisil at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, with the elbow problem forcing him to pull out of the Miami Masters as well as Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter final in France. Britain lost the tie in the absence of their talisman.
Murray has had a stuttering start to the season, in stark contrast to his glorious end to the last campaign. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of his first tournament of the season in Doha, before suffering a shock fourth round defeat to Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open. The world number one later revealed that he suffered a bout of shingles after the Australian Open. Murray returned to the tour in to claim his first title of the year in Dubai, but he went crashing again with that Indian Wells loss to Pospisil.
Murray is currently in Switzerland for the 'Match for Africa'- a charity match against Roger Federer. (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Scot is currently in Switzerland for a charity match against Roger Federer- tagged Match for Africa, but the 29-year-old is unsure about his participation in Monte Carlo and subsequent clay court tournaments, suggesting that the only certainty for now is that he will be part of the French Open.
‘French Open, for sure’ was the response when the 2016 Roland Garros runner-up was asked about his fitness for the clay court season.
“Monte Carlo, I'm trying, but I need to be patient because the elbow can take a lot of time. But each day feels like a bit better”, Murray continued.
Before jetting out to Switzerland for his charity match, Murray had been practicing at the Mouratoglou Academy in France, and over the weekend, he helped present the Verrazzano Open winner’s trophy to countryman Aljaz Bedene, who had beaten Benoit Paire in the final of the Challenger tournament staged at the Mouratoglou Academy.
Murray said he had started hitting, but still had problems with the serve.
“I'm doing better... I've been hitting here for the last four or five days. The good thing about the injury is that I could do everything except serving. The last four or five days I started to serve a little bit. I'm not serving as fast as I'd like but I'm improving."
Murray still maintains a sizeable lead on top of the world rankings, but he will be keen to get back to action as quickly as possible, given the amount of points he has to defend in the clay court season. The world number one reached the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, won the Rome Masters, and contested the finals in Madrid and Roland Garros.