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Andy Murray to miss the BBC SPOTY 2013

Andy Murray has decide to stay away from Leeds this weekend to concentrate on his comeback following back surgery in September.

It was clear for some time that his back was needing some attention and losing to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the US Open at the beginning of September only served to emphasise the need for immediate action.

After his back surgery Andy started his rehabilitation by holding a training camp at the Cobham grounds of Chelsea Football Club. Although he does have a bike and weights at his house, Andy started his training in the Chelsea pool, keeping his movements in straight lines and avoiding any rotation.  Andy believes that working on the “underwater treadmill” has speeded up his recovery.

Following this successful early period, Andy stepped up his training by moving back to Miami, Florida to begin running, weight conditioning and racket work.

His comeback target is the Qatar Open, which begins on New Year’s Eve. This is all designed so Andy can enter the Australian Open in good shape. Andy hasn’t played competitive tennis since that defeat at the US Open so whilst the training has been progressing, he needs to bring on his match tournament racket skills... ... as Andy explained himself on Twitter when he talked about being “rusty”.

Coming back to UK for the SPOTY awards was under serious consideration. In the end the decision was made that travelling to and from the UK now will not help his rehab and would mean the loss of several valuable days’ training.

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