Andy Murray Will Decide Wednesday If He’ll Play The French Open
by Tom Gainey | May 20th, 2013, 11:23 pm

The British media are reporting that Andy Murray will decide on Wednesday if he will play the French Open. Murray aggravated an existing back injury last week in match against Marcel Granollers.

“Thanks a lot for all the messages of support…seeing specialists on monday and tuesday… Will let you know how it goes,” Murray wrote on his website.

Murray, who was celebrating his 26th birthday that day, had to retire after winning the second set. Afterward, Murray wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play in Paris.

“Until Madrid, it had been OK but it’s not been perfect for a long period,” Murray told the BBC. “You always go into matches with little niggles and such, but it’s frustrating when for a long period you’re hurting.

“It’s been an issue for a while now and I want to make sure it goes away. It’s not enjoyable when you’re playing in pain.”

Murray hasn’t missed a Grand Slam tournament since the 2007 French Open. With his most important stretch of the year coming up on the grass in June, it’s understandable why the Scot might not want to do further injure his back.

While not a clay courter by any means, Murray has been to the fourth round or better at the French Open the last four years, reaching the semifinals in 2011 and the quarters last year.

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11 Comments for Andy Murray Will Decide Wednesday If He’ll Play The French Open

Rumble Says:

I think Murray will skip. He has a much better shot at Wimbledon, which he values so much more as well. Why risk that? In any case, his chance at the French is rather minimal – hasn’t even made a final yet. I don’t think he has ever won ANY clay title.

Again, just like Delpo, doesn’t really matter much whether Murray plays the French or not.

I would really like to see some new and younger players step up. Its getting boring, like women’s tennis.

Michael Says:

Andy has given up on clay courts. It just doesn’t suit his game style. He wants this season to pass as quickly as possible to heave a breath of fresh air.

alison Says:

Have to agree with what James said on another thread,if Andy is fully fit and plays the FO i still think he will go deep,ok he might not win it but he has gone deep many years before,in 2011 he pushed Rafa,and he made the semis or qtrs so he is getting closer,and the irony is he is under less pressure at RG so he can just go for his shots and swing free,im sorry if this goes against what everyone else says,as im not one of those people who thinks never has necassarily means never will,i find it annoying when other posters say you have no chance so dont bother,well no he wont win if he doesnt at least give it a try,nothing ventured means nothing gained.

Colin Davis Says:

I very much hope Andy will skip RG, though I agree he could do well there – but only if he’s fully fit..
Come Wimbledon, and certainly come the USO, it won’t be Andy’s back that’ll be a topic of discussion. I think it will be a certain other fellow’s knees!

Colin Davis Says:

Whoops, accidentally typed my complete name. Ah, what the hell.

Nadalista Says:

Murray out of French Open.

harry Says:

^– yes, Muzza is out; a short report here…

RZ Says:

I’m glad he pulled out – betters his chances for a Wimbledon title!

Rumble Says:

Doesn’t matter. He wasn’t going to win it anyway. He hasn’t won ANY clay title in his life.

Colin Davis Says:

Ah, that brilliant argument again – somebody can’t do something because he hasn’t done it yet – an argument which makes sense only when a player is at the end of their career or, like Petra Kvitova for example, is unlikely to sustain top form through a two week tournament.

Anyway, I’m relieved Andy pulled out. Knowing he shares a somewhat wicked sense of humour with his coach, I wondered if he delayed his decision for a couple of days to keep Ivan hanging about and missing his golf!

alison Says:

Colin Davies completely agree,see my post yesterday 6.36am.

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