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Murray withdraws from World Tour Finals

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Murray pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals

Andy Murray has withdrawn from this season's ATP World Tour Finals in order to recover from recent back surgery.

The reigning Wimbledon champion had an operation on his back problem that forced him to skip the French Open, and after the British No. 1 confirmed he would be taking part in an exhibition event in Barbados at the end of November, it was likely he was going to pull out of the season-finale at London's O2 Arena.

"I'm really disappointed not to be playing this year, I love playing in front of my home crowd, it's a great atmosphere," Murray said.

"All the players look forward to competing in London and I'll be doing my best to qualify again for the tournament next year."

New world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, defending champion Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer have already qualified as part of the eight-man field.

Murray's withdrawal has freed up a spot, with record six-time champion Roger Federer currently seventh in the Race to London possibly benefiting if his difficulties continue as his place is yet to be secured at The O2.

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