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Andy Murray on whether he will return to the Citi Open in Washington: 'Probably not after the tournament director rinsed me'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 28 Nov 2018
  • Andy Murray is unlikely to return to the Citi Open in Washington D.C. next season
  • Murray took to social media to declare he still hasn't forgotten about the tournament director's comments about him at this year's event
Andy Murray (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Andy Murray has not forgotten what transpired at the ATP 500 Citi Open event in Washington D.C. earlier this season, taking to social media to declare he ‘probably’ won’t be returning.

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Playing in just his third tournament following hip surgery at the start of the year, Murray was forced to withdraw from the tournament ahead of his scheduled quarter-final showdown with Alex de Minaur due to exhaustion.

Why was Murray so fatigued? Because his Round of 16 match with Marius Copil had just finished at 3.00am the very same morning, with the former World No. 1 not getting to bed until close to 6.00am.

Persistent rain meant that tournament organisers made the decision to play deep into the night in favour of making players compete twice in one day, but the verdict ultimately wasn’t beneficial for Murray, who simply couldn’t back up in time for the quarter-finals that night - and would have ended up playing twice in the same day regardless.

Speaking to the Washington Post after Murray indicated he might withdraw, Citi Open tournament director Keely O'Brien said: 

"I hope that Andy really takes into consideration his role in his sport and as a global role model to guys and girls on the tour and kids around the world that, when things are difficult and tough and the conditions aren't great, it's not OK to just give up."

With Murray in the early stages of a comeback from a career-threatening injury and with a reputation for being one of the biggest fighters on tour, O’Brien’s comments were ill-judged and poorly timed.

Murray didn’t comment publicly at the time, but was privately fuming with the comments, and after making his feelings known to O’Brien, she tried to ice the wound with a statement that ended with her saying that she hoped the Scot would return in 2019.

But, taking to Instagram on Tuesday for an impromptu Q&A, Murray revealed that he hadn’t forgotten about the remarks, responding to a question about whether he would play the event again by saying: "Probably not after the tournament director rinsed me".



Murray shut down his season in September after losing to Fernando Verdasco at the U.S. Open and Chengdu, preferring to engage in a high-intensity training regime for the remainder of 2018.

The three-time major champion returned home from a vacation in the Maldives on Tuesday and is set to fly out to Miami early next month for another training block before flying down to Australia around Christmas for the start of his 2019 season at the Brisbane International, which begins on December 31.


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Andy Murray on whether he will return to the Citi Open in Washington: "Probably not after the tournament director rinsed me"

Andy Murray has not forgotten what transpired at the ATP 500 Citi Open event in Washington D.C. earlier this season, taking to social media to declare he ‘probably’ won’t be returning.

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