Andy Murray Has A Back Injury That He Says Might Prevent Him From Playing The French Open
by Tom Gainey | May 15th, 2013, 2:42 pm

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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11 Comments for Andy Murray Has A Back Injury That He Says Might Prevent Him From Playing The French Open

coke man G Says:

Not like he was going to do well there anyway. In the bigger picture this means nadal will definitely be seed among the top four preventing a crash between him and federer or djokovic before semis and ferrers quarter will be wide open

Wog boy Says:

It was obvious Andy wasn’t moving the way he does. Get well soon Andy.

jane Says:

Happy Birthday to Andy. Hope he can play the FO, but best he be well, too.

harry Says:

Get well soon, Andy!

El Flaco Says:

If Andy doesn’t play then it won’t make a difference what Ferrer and Nadal do in this tournament in terms of ranking points because they will be the 3 and 4 seed.

Michael Says:

Matter is simple. Andy doesn’t want to play Rolland Garros because he is not at all confident on these clay courts. This back injury is just an excuse for his absence. I know about Andy’s aspirations to be become No.1. But if he is having such an attitude, I do not think he can ever be one. He should took the leaf out of his counterpart Novak and the way he has transformed as a great player who gives frights to even Rafa on Clay. Andy is far far away from the level Novak is today.

alison Says:

Michael Andy is injured its clear for everyone to see so its hardly an excuse,as for the number 1 ranking i dont think its fair to question his attitude because he pulls out of 1 GS,he is also now a GS champion so should be given more credit than you are doing here,it gets tiresome been told how great Novak is when the only thing Andy wants to be is be regarded as a great player in his own right,rather than drawing irritating comparisons with Djokovic all the time,i think we should lay of the guy and see how the rest of the season pans out,its a long year ahead still.

alison Says:

Futhur more i think people are too quick to assume it will be a Rafa/Novak final because its clay,theres plenty of guys having a great week this week,Delpo and Roger are both playing great,gets irritating when players are regarded as a shoo before a tourney even begins.

alison Says:

The last time Andy pulled out of a tourney was Rome in 2006,so i dont think he did this lightly,not the type to pull out without a good reason IMO.

Michael Says:


Well if Andy is really injured, then I am wrong in my assessment. But something tells me that he is searching for an excuse to opt out of Clay court tournaments. He is not at all confident on these courts and his foot work is quite appaling to say the least. As regards the Novak Vs Andy comparison, it is quite natural considering that they are both play mates and thick friends who grew up playing Tennis together. They are also of the same Age. Therefore there is no sin in comparing them and their attitudes. I think if Andy had that killer instinct of Novak, his level would have been much higher than it is today. Andy has a class game. No doubt about that. He has all the shots in his arsenal. But his mind fails him in important moments of the match and there lies his failure story. As regards the Novak Vs Rafa final, well they will be meeting in the semis of this tournament if they both come through which I sense they will.

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