A largely uneventful week in tennis just got that much more newsworthy today. While one Top 10er, JW Tsonga, returned to the sport yesterday with a win, another is likely done for the season. Reports out of the UK are that Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will undergo back surgery next week.
Murray has been plagued by back issues the last few years and this season the Scot withdrew from the French Open to try to ease the lower back disc injury.
If Murray does go under the knife it’s doubtful he’ll be ready in time to play the London Finals which commence in about 45 days. But with Murray rounding into his prime, if the back needs a fixin’ then I guess this is the time do it. This way he’ll be 100% ready for a 2014 run at No. 1.
Since his title in Miami, Murray’s plays has been a mixed bag. He won Wimbledon, beating just one Top 20 player in Novak Djokovic, and Queen’s, but otherwise the only Top 20 win he’s had off grass the last six months is over Gilles Simon at Madrid.
Most recently Stan Wawrinka dusted him pretty good at the US Open a few weeks ago.
With Murray all but out of London, Roger Federer’s chances just improved significantly of qualifying for the final 8. Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Tsonga hopes have also been bolstered.
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