Former world No. 1 Andy Murray will not be back at the European Open, where he won the title in 2019. Murray, 35, will take a week away from competitive action and look to get himself in the best shape for his final two events in Basel and Paris. Murray is hoping to gain ranking points at both events so he can break into the top 32 in the rankings ahead of the 2023 Australian Open.

Andy Murray has pulled out of this week’s European Open in Antwerp and will instead focus his efforts on a strong finish to the season in Basel and Paris.

Murray, 35, won his most recent title in Antwerp in 2019.
However, after losing in the quarter-finals of the Gijon Open to Sebastian Korda last week, he has opted out of a return to Belgium.

According to the i newspaper, Murray has made the decision with one eye on earning a seeding spot at the 2023 Australian Open.

Andy Murray, who was drawn to face Jaume Munar in Antwerp, is currently ranked 46th in the world, 305 points behind world No. 32 Grigor Dimitrov. The top 32 in the rankings are seeded at Grand Slams.
Murray spent nearly seven hours on court in Gijon, which is an ATP 250 event like the European Open.
The Swiss Indoors in Basel, which starts on October 24, is an ATP 500 tournament, which means it carries more ranking points than an ATP 250. There will be even more points on offer in Paris, which is the final Masters 1000 tournament of the season.
Former world No. 1 Murray has not been ranked in the top 32 in the world since early 2018.

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He plummeted down the rankings after undergoing hip surgery and has been working his way back up this season.
However, his efforts to stack up wins have sometimes been impacted by difficult draws due to being unseeded.
Murray has only managed to win three matches in a row on three occasions this season – Sydney at the start of the year, an ATP Challenger in Surbiton and Stuttgart, where he reached the final.
The 2023 Australian Open starts on January 16 which will be streamed live on discovery+ and eurosport.co.uk

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