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ATP back Murray’s withdrawal from Marseille Open

Tennis officials have backed Andy Murray's decision to pull out of this week's Marseille Open.

Murray was due to be top seed in Marseille but has withdrawn from the event as he continues to recover from his efforts at the Australian Open.

Tournament director Jean-Francois Caujolle has denied calling for Murray to be suspended for missing the tournament for the second year in succession.

And the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) have confirmed they would not have been inclined to do so anyway.

An ATP statement read: “There are clear rules and regulations in place with regard to player withdrawals and Andy Murray followed them.

“We understand a situation like this can be frustrating for a tournament, but we are looking forward to a great week of tennis in Marseille with a strong field led by six of the world's top 20 players.”

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