Andy Murray has officially withdrawn from the Rome even, he said today. Murray was scheduled to play David Goffin later this afternoon, but after a “flat” pratice the Scot felt it best if he pull out from the event rather than risk injury.
“I’m tired, I felt OK yesterday but I was pretty exhausted when I got up,” Murray said. “I had a 40 minute warm-up and felt extremely flat and was shattered. I talked to my team about what the best thing to do was. It just did not make sense to play.
“There are all these studies when you are run down you risk injury or illness. I did not feel it made sense to keep going. It was not just about today. It was about trying to make the right decision and listen to what the body was saying. I played nine games in 12 games in a difficult schedule and also a couple of doubles matches in that period.
“It’s been a very long three weeks for me. The longest I’ve ever had on clay.
“The point is I did not expect to do what I have done in the past few weeks. My body has never done that before on clay. My body’s always found the surface difficult.
“I also don’t want to risk making it worse. In the past maybe I’ve done too much.
“I wanted to play in this tournament, it’s a big event with a lot of points on offer. The time of year is tough for everyone, it’s just one of those things.”
Winning of his first two career clay events in Munich and Madrid, Murray now heads to Paris 10-0 and among the favorites to win. He reached the semifinals last year losing to Rafael Nadal.
The French Open begins a week from Sunday on May 24.
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