After a great effort at the Australian Open, the British Andy Murray withdrew from his participation in the ATP 500 in Rotterdam and will be replaced by the local Tallon Griekspoor. The former world No. 1 spent more than 14 hours on court during three long matches he played in Melbourne.
“On the one hand, it is a shame that Andy Murray is not present. On the other hand, I’m glad we can admit Tallon into the main draw. He’s in shape and I think he can show great things in the tournament. We consider it a blessing in disguise,” said tournament director Richard Krajicek.
Murray is now due to return at the Dubai ATP, which starts on Feb. 27. After that, he will then move on to the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000 contest.
“I felt good about the way I was playing. It’s more fun for me when I’m playing like that, when I’m going into a big event and really believing I can do some damage.”
Despite his absence in Rotterdam, the event is still full of stars and will be led by the Australian Open runner-up, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. In addition to him, two other top 10 players will be on the court: Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and Russian Andrey Rublev.