Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open with the back injury that forced him to retire in the Rome masters last week. Murray will now focus on being fit for the start of the grass-court season at Queen’s Club on the 10th June.
Murray released a statement saying,
It’s been a really tough decision, and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice I’m not fit to compete. Apologies to the organisers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible.
Murray has not missed a grand slam since injury forced him out of Wimbledon in 2007.
Murray looked troubled throughout his match with Marcel Granollers in Rome last week. He withdrew with a lower-back problem after the second set despite having just won the second set tie-break to square the match at one set all.
Speaking about his problomatic which has always bothered the world number 2 when he plays on clay,
Until Madrid, it had been OK but it’s not been perfect for a long period. You always go into matches with little niggles and such, but it’s frustrating when for a long period you’re hurting. It’s been an issue for a while now and I want to make sure it goes away. It’s not enjoyable when you’re playing in pain.
Murray reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals last year, losing to David Ferrer, before reaching his first Wimbledon final, winning Olympic gold and clinching his first Grand Slam at the US Open.