An often frustrating season for Andy Murray is officially over after he pulled out of next week’s Davis Cup finals week with injury.
The 36-year-old Scot sustained a shoulder strain in training and will not travel to Malaga for Thursday’s quarter-final against Serbia.
Murray had high hopes for the season, with promising comebacks at the Australian Open and reaching the final of the Qatar Open. However, he struggled to secure victories in the bigger events, including a narrow loss at Wimbledon against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Although disappointed, Murray remains confident about his future in the sport and has scheduled a December training block in Dubai with coaches Jonny O’Mara and Mark Hilton. He is also confirmed to play in Brisbane in January, leading up to the Australian Open.
Murray's absence from the Davis Cup is a blow, but it is not as significant as it once would have been. Against Serbia, Cam Norrie is now expected to face Novak Djokovic as the highest-ranked player. The key singles match is likely to be between Jack Draper and Serbia's No. 2, Laslo Djere.
The doubles match is expected to feature the British pair Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury, Wimbledon and US Open champions, against Djokovic and Miomir Kecmanovic.
Despite his injury setback, Murray remains determined to make an impact in future tournaments and retirement does not appear to be on the horizon.