Andy Murray told the press today that a lingering back injury might keep him out of the French Open. Murray made the comments after retiring in his match against Marcel Granollers in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome.
The Spaniard Granollers won the first set, then after unsuccesully serving out the match twice in the second, Murray eventually took the set in a tiebreak but promptly withdrew from the match.
“I pulled out because there is a good chance I wouldn’t be playing tomorrow even if I wasn’t able to,” said Murray who was celebrating his 26th birthday today. “We’ll have to wait for Paris. I’d be very surprised if I were playing in Paris.
“I’m in a bit of pain – its the same thing as in Madrid and so I need to take a few days off
“It’s my lower left back. It’s the same thing as last year.”
Murray still could have as many as 13 days before playing his first round in Paris, but the Scot is already lowering expectations on his appearance there.
“I need to make plans and see what to do and I’ll speak with the physio and come up with a plan for the next few days and then make a decision on Paris after the next five days,” he said. “I’ll need to take some days off and see how it settles down but a few days can make a difference.
“It had been OK but it hadn’t been perfect for a long period and obviously I wasn’t feeling good again. Clay can aggravate the problem with the ball coming through slower you take a slower pace and the ball bounces higher and there is less stability.
“I’ll try and get it sorted but its been an issue for some while and so I want to make sure that its something that I can sort out and its not enjoyable to play now.”
Since becoming a top player on the Tour, Murray hasn’t missed a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2007, the same year he retired the only other time in his career at Hamburg.
Murray of course wants to also be fit for his home tournament at Wimbledon.
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