Andy Murray’s back flared up again Thursday at the French Open. Murray, who has been bothered by back issues all season, said he woke up today and his back wasn’t feeling great.
Murray still played his second round match against Jarkko Nieminen, but was struggling with the injury early. Murray was down 61, 41 and undergoing treatment. But the Scot rebounded to win 16, 64, 61 62.
“First of all, it wasn’t the same thing I had before,” said Murray who has only retired once during an ATP-level match (2007 Hamburg). “I was absolutely fine yesterday in practice, no problem, went to bed and I was fine, and I woke up this morning, was couldn’t put any weight on my left leg. I practiced. It was okay. Not great, but it was okay.
“Then, yeah, before the match, yeah, I wasn’t feeling great. Talked about not playing. And then right at the beginning of the match, again, I was okay. I don’t know if, you know, it was nerves, adrenaline, whatever. It wasn’t too bad.
“Then after I got up from the changeover at 3 0, it was really, really sore. And then obviously was struggling a lot for, you know, about an hour, hour 15, hour and a half. Then it started to feel a bit better. But still not great, but just kind of gritting my teeth and try to find a way of turning the match around, because I was few points probably from stopping around in the middle of the second set.”
Murray went on to say that he would continue on despite the injury and what’s to come this summer at London.
“I’m going to try and carry on regardless, whether it’s a bit sorer tomorrow or two days’ time, I’m going to carry on,” he said.
“If it was the same thing, then I would be really, really concerned about Wimbledon and obviously the Olympics but so long as what I’m getting told by doctors and the physios is that it is just a muscle spasm then that’s nothing to be overly concerned by.”
Murray, who battled an ankle injury last year at the French Open when he made the semifinals, moves on to play Colombian Santiago Giraldo who beat Bernard Tomic.
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