Andy Murray made it official today withdrawing from the French Open. The 26-year-old Murray cited ongoing back issues that he aggravated last week in Rome as the reason.
Murray, who’s never been to a clay final in his career, doesn’t want to jeopardize his most important month of June by slipping and sliding on the Roland Garros dirt.
“It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete,” Murray said in a statement. “Apologies to the organizers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible.”
Murray’s next event is scheduled for Queen’s club in three weeks.
Murray’s withdrawal moves the players behind him up a spot in the seedings. Roger Federer will now be the No. 2 seed, Rafael Nadal No. 3 and David Ferrer No. 4.
This now means when the draw comes out Friday, Federer or Djokovic could play Nadal in the semifinals. After to straight events meeting the quarters, Ferrer won’t have to worry about his countryman until the finals.
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