Andy Murray likely to miss Davis Cup quarter-final tie as brother Jamie reveals full extent of injury

Simon Briggs
Andy Murray is highly likely to miss the Davis Cup quarter-final through injury - Getty Images North America

Andy Murray’s participation in next week’s Davis Cup quarter-final can be effectively ruled out after his older brother Jamie revealed that he is suffering from a “tear in the elbow” and urged him to rest up for the heavy spring schedule ahead.

Murray’s management company have yet to make any comment over the severity of the injury, but the talk in the Miami locker room is that Murray is unlikely to return before the Madrid Masters in six weeks’ time.

Elbow injuries are an occupational hazard in tennis and the one thing everyone knows is that you cannot rush the healing process. Playing through pain is liable to turn an acute problem into a chronic one.

“It’s some sort of tear in his ­elbow,” said Jamie Murray after he and his partner Bruno Soares had moved into the quarter-finals of the doubles here at the Miami Open.

“He said he can do everything ­except serve and he told me rest was all he had to do.

“I am not planning that he is ­going to be there [in Rouen to face France next week]. If he is, then, obviously great for the team and we’ll see what happens, but the most important thing for him is just to get healthy because he has had a few issues now.

He has had shingles and he has had his elbow. He was sick here as well [with flu] for two or three days after he pulled out of the tournament. I think he just needs to get a bit settled and get a good crack at it over the next three months ­because there’s a lot of big tournaments to play.”

Murray and Soares eased past Joao Sousa and Paolo Lorenzi

Murray and Soares handed out a 6-0, 6-3 thumping to Joao Sousa and Paolo Lorenzi, dominating the court to such an extent that a demoralised Lorenzi was barely moving by the end.

This is Murray’s first appearance in the quarter-finals in Miami – something of a bugbear tournament for him. Yet he still has good memories of last year, when other results meant that he was confirmed as the new doubles world No 1 on this day exactly 12 months ago while driving up the coast of Florida with his wife.

Even though Murray has hardly been showered with sponsorship deals over the intervening months, he still feels that his achievements in 2016 – which included two major titles and a year-end trophy as the best-performing team – have pushed him out of the twilight zone inhabited by so many doubles players.

“We played at 11am the last two days and both courts have been packed out,” said Murray. “We walk around the ground, people know us, they come and ask for photographs, autographs, so it’s cool. I think we’ve built a little bit of a profile. We’ll keep trying to take that further, not just for ourselves but for doubles because it does need help I think.”

There was a second British bagel to celebrate in Miami on Sunday, as Johanna Konta also turned in a perfect set as part of her 6-4, 6-0 victory over France’s Pauline Parmentier. 

Konta breezed past Parmentier

This was a far more poised performance than Konta had produced in her opening match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, but conditions were much kinder: high clouds and a gentle breeze rather than the high wind and frequent rain breaks that had disrupted play on Friday night.

Konta, too, has positive memories from Miami last year, as it was here that she became the first Briton to reach the quarter-finals of any WTA Premier Mandatory event since the concept was introduced in 2009. She has since improved that statistic further by finishing as the runner-up of the China Open in Beijing in October.

She took to the court wearing strapping on her left knee, where she fell heavily in her opening match against Sasnovich, but explained that this is only a superficial graze. “It was just in case I fell over again, so that I wouldn’t open up my wound,” Konta said, before lapsing unexpectedly into cockney slang. “It’s a bit sore around it but I’m well ’ard.”

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