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Andy Murray skips Delray Beach over COVID-19 concerns

Tennis: French Open

Sep 27, 2020; Paris, France; Andy Murray (GBR) in action during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) on day one at Stade Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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Former top-ranked Andy Murray has pulled out of the Delray Beach Open to minimize his coronavirus risk as he looks ahead to the Australian Open.

The 33-year-old Murray said he was concerned about “the increase in COVID rates and the transatlantic flights involved” with traveling to the Florida tournament that begins Monday.

The Five-time Australian Open runner-up was given a wild-card entry into the first Grand Slam tournament of next year.

Murray has slipped to No. 122 in the ATP rankings after several years of battling hip injuries and surgery.

Murray made a teary retirement announcement in Melbourne two years ago before undergoing a second round of surgeries to extend his career.