Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals
In this May 31, 2012 file photo, Andy Murray of Britain grimaces as a doctor tends to his back injury in his second round match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP / Michel Euler, File)
Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:08AM EDT
LONDON -- Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has pulled out of next month's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London as he recovers from back surgery.
The third-ranked Murray says in a statement on the ATP website that "I'm really disappointed not to be playing this year, I love playing in front of my home crowd."
Murray had an operation on his long-standing back problem last month and was always likely to miss the Nov. 4-11 event, which features the world's top eight singles players.
He's competed in the last five finals, and reached the semifinals twice.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer are the three players to have qualified with four weeks remaining in the season.