| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Great Britain's Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London with a strained groin. He initially suffered the injury during a practice late last week and re-aggravated it in his straight sets loss to Spain's Devid Ferrer on Monday. Murray will be replaced at the ATP World Tour Finals by Serbian Janko Tipsarevic. Things didn't start off well for Tipsarevic as he was a 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(6) loser to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

“I was just trying to find reasons why I should try to play,” Murray said. “But, you know, there was no real positives coming out of playing because yesterday I was really unhappy on the court. I wasn’t enjoying it at all.”

Murray will not require surgery. but will sit and rest to prep for the 2012 season beginning with the first Grand Slam of the year, the 2012 Australian Open, set for Jan. 16-29 in Melbourne, Australia.

“The Australian Open is six, seven weeks away,” Murray said. “I could mess up my preparation for that, for the beginning of the year. That offseason is so important for me, and has been for the last few years of getting myself in shape.”