Andy Murray is set to miss next week's Miami Open due to an elbow injury, as announced by the tournament's organizers.
A statement from the event's official twitter page read: "We wish @andy_murray a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the court very soon."
Having won the competition in 2009 and 2013, the Brit will be disappointed to have been forced to withdraw from the event in Florida.
The world number one expressed his frustration, saying: "Sadly, due to a right elbow injury, I won't be playing in Miami.
"Apologies to the fans, it's one of my favourite tournaments. The focus is on getting ready for clay season."
Following a stunning end to 2016 during which Murray overtook Novak Djokovic as the top ranked player in men's tennis, the Scot has experienced a shaky start this year.
A loss to the Serbian in the Qatar Open final as well as a round-of-16 exit at the Australian Open at the hands of Mischa Zverev were seen as surprise results for the 29-year-old.
After showing signs of a comeback following a win at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Murray slumped to a disappointing second-round defeat in last week's Indian Wells tournament to Canadian Vasek Pospisil, with the current Wimbledon champion claiming that his right elbow could have had a part to play in it.
The good news for Murray, however, is that Djokovic might also miss the tournament in Miami next week due to a similar elbow problem, meaning that the Scot's points lead at the top is unlikely to be harmed during his lay-off.
Murray will want to make sure that he is ready for the clay season, especially the French Open in May, and would not want to aggravate the injury further.
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