Andy Murray has pulled out the ATP World Tour Finals with an injured groin.
The British number one suffered the problem in training on November 14th and aggravated it further during his defeat against David Ferrer on Monday.
Murray was unable to hide his disappointment at having to withdraw from the season finale as he revealed he had no other choice. Fans of the best online betting
will have been disappointed.
"I was told to take a week to 10 days completely off - I just didn't have enough time to recover," said the visibly dejected Scot.
"I was probably going to do myself more damage playing than not."
Murray had been due to practice at 1300 GMT on Tuesday ahead of his match against Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, but he failed to appear and revealed that he was pulling out of the tournament at a press conference.
He explained that the plan had been to see how he felt when he woke up on Tuesday morning, and although he knew he was “never going to feel great” it turned out that there was no way he could play.
Murray admitted to being “disappointed” but added he needs to make sure he is fully fit for the 2012 season and the Australian Open, with the latter getting underway on January 16th.
He also stated that he will have to consider his future schedule more carefully in order to avoid burnout, pointing out that other players had taken significant breaks after the US Open in order to keep themselves fresh.