Murray calls early end to season in China
Andy Murray: ‘slowing down a bit’
Andy Murray has chosen to end his season earlier than planned after suffering an ankle injury in his straight-sets defeat by Fernando Verdasco in the Shenzhen Open.
Murray was due to pay his final tournament of the year in Beijing next month but has opted to miss the China Open.
The 31-year-old former world number one has plummeted to 311 in the rankings after almost a year out following a hip operation.
He lost his quarter final tie in Shenzhen 6-4 6-4 to Spanish fifth seed Verdasco who will meet Cameron Norrie’s conqueror Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the last four.
Verdasco also beat Murray in the second round of the US Open.
Murray said: “I need to spend more time on the practice court and the gym so that I’m more robust and physically in better shape.
“Right now, I feel like as the week goes on, I’m slowing down a little bit.”