The Wimbledon champion, who had a back operation in September, is in Miami where he undergoes his annual training block and has declined an invitation to the ceremony on Sunday that the bookmakers make him a 1-20 favourite to win.
Murray, 26, is just five weeks away from the first grand slam tournament of 2014, the Australian Open, and is desperate to build on the achievement of being the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's singles in 77 years.
The Scot is keen to emphasise that his absence should not be construed as a snub to BBC or the British public.
"I'm looking forward to linking up with the show live," he said last night.
A BBC spokesman said: "We are disappointed Andy Murray cannot be in Leeds but are very much looking forward to him joining us via link-up."