Andy Murray: Whether My Back Is Sorer Or Not, I’m Going To Carry On
by Tom Gainey | May 31st, 2012, 11:06 am

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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22 Comments for Andy Murray: Whether My Back Is Sorer Or Not, I’m Going To Carry On

Brando Says:

I hope he’ll be fine- BUT i cannot deny that i think he should withdraw as carrying on maybe a costly mistake for him.

the question that needs to be asked is: what can he gain from carrying on?

NOTHING MUCH IMO. he won’t win RG, chances of defending SF are slim considering his draw-BEST to have some r and r before the grass season.

it’s commendable that he’s carrying on, BUT not ideal for his chances going forward.

metan Says:

Better see Andy @wimbledon,

Polo Says:

I think Murray should have that back attended to immediately. There is no need to risk further injury. I don’t see anybody playing at less than 100% winning this tournament.

jane Says:

I don’t know – if in fact it’s just spasm and not the same injury as before, then it may be okay. But I am cautiously optimistic. I don’t want him to hinder his season.

After reading this quote – “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” – I couldn’t help thinking of that famous British axiom: “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON”. :)

(Brando, you must be happy with Rafa’s performance. The NYT’s write up on the match is glowing. I don’t want to stray too off topic as this thread is re: Murray so will post link on other thread.)

Polo Says:

Andy should have it checked by a doctor. He probably already had. If the doctor says OK, then he may play on. But what is the cause of this constant back problem. Spinal? If not the spine, he should have his legs/feet checked. I know he’s had ankle problems in the past (still has) and this may be the reason for the back spasms. When the body compensates, other parts that takeover can only help for a while before it also breaks down.

mmm Says:

Yeah, he might beak Jarrko with a bad back, but will be beat Nadal? Well, bad back or good back he isn’t beating Rafa on clay. :)

skeezer Says:

Re ; Murray me thinks with his back issues he is VERY questionable to finish this tourney. You don’t get rid of back problems in a day or 2. Bummer. Hope he is wise, he doesn’t need to jeopordise his opportunity to play in his home tourney.

Alastair Cooper Says:

I would have understood him playing on in his condition today if it had been a semi or a final – but really it seems foolish with Wimbledon and the Olympics so close and now (unless his injury totally recedes) essentially no chance of winning the tournament.

Brando Says:

@Alastair and Skeez:


Michael Says:

But when he gets beaten, he will point out in this interview although he might claim that it was not a reason for his defeat.

Colin Says:

“Well, bad back or good back he isn’t beating Rafa on clay. :)”
What makes you so certain, mmm? As I often point out, he has on occasion played extremely well against Rafa on clay – once when he was seriously unfit.

skeezer Says:

Sorry Murray fans, but saw this coming….And not because of this one incident.

racquet Says:

Wade is completely out of line and, according to the tweets I’ve read this morning, most of the British press covering RG disagree with her. Did you even see the match? I’m guessing no.

Mark Says:

SO, why did Murray play with a bad back(?) ?? Is he some kind of masochist??

the DA Says:

Stirring the post as usual. Rather than post negatively about other players why not be positive about the ones you support?

racquet Says:

@Mark – what in the interview didn’t you understand?

racquet Says:

In another BBC interview today (which skeezer must have overlooked) Ivan Ljubicic commiserates with Murray and throws more light on what a back spasm is:

“Ljubicic, who has also suffered with back spasms, says the ailment is “not major” and playing helps ease the pain, as the British number one battled against his injury to reach the French Open third round.”

So, even though Murray was struggling with movement and to serve faster than 70 mph, it wasn’t crazy to persevere until the spasm wore off.

Mark Says:

I totally agree with Wade – Murray is a drama queen. Is he really Slam material? I don’t think so.

the DA Says:

@Mark – who cares?

skeezer Says:


No, I did not see the match, nor wrote the article nor labeled him a drama queen. But have watched Murray a lot and it doesn’t surprise me someone of professional tennis stature has spoken out about Murray’s emotions on court. He has a history. Is it wrong, right? Don’t really know. I like his game, he at his best shows creativity and variety, and think he is articulate off the court. Hope be gets well soon.

Btw, I totally respect lub but I don’t know how you “play through” back spasms, that’s a first for me.

jane Says:

Nice of Ljub to be supportive.

racquet Says:

@skeezer: “No, I did not see the match”

Well then, how would you know whether her comment was justified or not? This had nothing to do with emotions but sheer physical immobility and pain. There were no outbursts of the type you’re thinking of – there are other occasions where I would’ve agreed with her but not this time. Jim Courier, PMac & Brad Gilbert among others voiced their concerns during the match and didn’t insinuate it was overdone.

“I don’t know how you “play through” back spasms”

I guess you would have to be a professional athlete to fully grasp what he’s saying.

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