World number two Andy Murray says he needs a break from tennis after a long summer campaign.
Murray played three matches in three days in Glasgow over the weekend as Great Britain’s term as Davis Cup champions was ended by a 3-2 semi-final loss to Argentina.
The Scot’s schedule included a marathon five-hour, five-set loss to Juan Martin del Potro on Friday. He teamed up with brother Jamie for a doubles success on Saturday and then got past Guido Pella on Sunday in singles action before Team GB were eliminated.
This year, Murray has lost a French Open final to Novak Djokovic, won his second Wimbledon title after defeating Milos Raonic at SW19, retained his Olympic gold medal with victory over del Potro in Rio, and lost out in the quarter-finals of the US Open to Kei Nishikori.
“I have played so much tennis in the last few months, I need a break and I need it now,” Murray was quoted as saying by The Times.
“I knew I was going to be in some pain this weekend and I spoke to my team about that it was going to be really hard. But my expectations were less than what I’m feeling now.”
Murray is next scheduled to play in the China Open, which starts on October 3, followed by the Shanghai Masters.
He also has the ATP World Tour Finals in London in mid-November before enjoying a break ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne in January.