Andy Murray Withdraws from Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Jason LewisCorrespondent IINovember 22, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks during a press conference at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 22, 2011 in London, England. Murray announced that he has pulled out of the tournament due to an injury.      (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Julian Finney/Getty Images

After what looked like an uncomfortable loss two days ago to David Ferrer, Andy Murray officially withdrew Tuesday from the ATP World Tour Finals with a groin strain.

The British number one came into London as the number three player in the world, and was competing in a group with David Ferrer, Novak Djokovic, and Tomas Berdych.

When asked about the decision to withdraw Murray responded,

“It's just a really difficult decision to make because it's one of the best tournaments in the year to play and it's something that you also work all year to play here, as well.”

Murray had only lost one match since the U.S. Open and was an odds on favorite to take the title.

World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic will take Murray's place for the remaining two matches of group stage, and possibly more, should he advance.