Andy Murray pulls out of Rotterdam tournament amid rescheduled season

The ABN AMRO Open comes too early for the 35-year-old after his Australia Open exploits.

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Andy Murray will no longer take part in the ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam as he reschedules his season following his Australian Open exploits.

The former World Number 1, Wimbledon champion and Olympic Gold Medal winner will now take part in the Qatar Open in Doha from February 20.

He was initially scheduled to take part in the Netherlands tournament that begins on February 11 but he will now take the time to focus on a training block.

The WTA confirmed on Monday that the Scot will be replaced by Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in Rotterdam.

ABN AMRO director Richard Krajicek said: “We consider it a blessing in disguise. On the one hand, it is a pity that Andy Murray will not be present. On the other hand, I am glad that we can admit Tallon to the main draw. He is the man in form and I think he can show great things in the ABN AMRO Open.”

Murray rolled back the years in Australia with two epic wins over Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis that lasted a combined 10 hours and 34 minutes in the first two rounds.

The 35-year-old reached the last 32 when he was defeated by Roberto Bautista Agut just over 24 hours from his win over Kokkinakis that was his longest ever match since turning professional nearly two decades ago.