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By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday, December 31, 2020

Andy Murray

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has pulled the plug on his Delray Beach debut due to travel concerns in this Coronavirus climate.

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Travel concerns amid this Coronavirus climate prompted Andy Murray to pull the plug on his Delray Beach debut.

The former world No. 1 has officially withdrawn from next week's Delray Beach Open.

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“After much deliberation with my team I’ve decided not to travel to play in Delray Beach,” Murray said. “Given the increase in COVID rates and the transatlantic flights involved, I want to minimize the risks ahead of the Australian Open.

"I’m really thankful for the understanding of the tournament and I look forward to playing there soon.”

The 28-player field for the 2021 Delray Beach Open by is headlined by three past champions—Reilly Opelka (2020), Frances Tiafoe (2018) and Sam Querrey (2017).

The field also includes 2017 finalist Milos Raonic, who is projected to be the top seed, as well as four-time semifinalist and top-ranked American John Isner.

Reigning champion Opelka will begin his title defense on Thursday night, January 7th while Tiafoe will headline the January 8th, Friday night session.

Isner is scheduled for the Saturday night session on January 9th, while Raonic will play on Sunday afternoon, January 10th.

Originally scheduled for February, the 2021 Delray Beach Open will be contested January 4-13th.

The ATP Champions Tour legends event, featuring past-main draw champion Tommy Haas and six-time doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, will begin the action January 4-6th.

ATP 250 qualifying matches will take place January 5-6th. The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 16 doubles teams in addition to the 28-player singles field, will begin Thursday, January 7th with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Wednesday, January 13th.


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