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Andy Murray will be sidelined for an “extended period,” he posted Monday on social media, after suffering a significant ankle injury during his third-round exit from the Miami Open on Sunday.

In what was likely his last ever appearance at the Miami Open, Murray lost to Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic 7-5, 5-7, 6-7 (5) in a match that lasted nearly 3½ hours. The three-time Grand Slam champion previously said he does not plan to “play much past this summer” but hoped to compete at another Olympics.

With the score locked at 5-5 in the third set, Murray rolled his left ankle, dropped his racket and then covered his face, screaming in pain as he hopped to his seat grimacing. He finished the match after briefly having the ankle checked.

Murray wrote on Instagram that he suffered a “full rupture” of the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) and a “near full thickness rupture” of the calcaneofibular ligament (CFL).

“Goes without saying this is a tough one to take and I’ll be out for an extended period,” Murray continued. “But I’ll be back with 1 hip and no ankle ligaments when the time is right.”

Murray had hip resurfacing surgery in 2019.

He said he will see an ankle specialist to determine what’s next.

Murray, 36, of Britain, is a former world No. 1 who has won the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.

Wimbledon begins July 1, while the Paris Olympics get underway July 24.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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