Injured Murray retires in Rome

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There were no happy birthdays for an injured Andy Murray at the Foro Italico today, as he retired from his second round Rome Masters match against Spaniard Marcel Granollers, with the score tied at 3-6 7-6.

On this form, it looked like Murray would lose to Marcel Proust. However, within a few games, it was obvious that the Scot was struggling with an injury.

The new world number two looked miserable, out of sorts and in pain throughout the match and finally succumbed to on-court treatment to his hip after the third game of the second set.

By that time, Granollers had sauntered to the first set and led 2-1 in the second. Although Murray winced his way to a successful second-set tiebreak, he decided not to risk aggravating the injury ahead of next week’s French Open, shook hands and traipsed off court.

Clay is proving to be an alien and discomfiting surface for the Brit and this is the third consecutive year he’s endured problems immediately before or during Roland Garros.

The retirement was only Murray’s second in his entire professional career. The other was also on clay – in Hamburg in 2007 – and also on his birthday.
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Mike Dickson ‏@Mike_Dickson_DM 7m
Andy Murray says its 'unlikely' he will play french open due to lower back problems.

 Oh dear. Thanks for the report Nigel. Maybe Andy should have skipped the clay court season....

Mike Dickson ‏@Mike_Dickson_DM 3m
Downbeat press conference with Andy Murray, he'll give it 4-5 days and then take a view on whether he's ready for 'most physical' Slam.
May 15, 2013, 04:44 PM
By Elena

Frown Not the birthday Andy would want, I sympathise completely Frown
May 15, 2013, 04:47 PM
By Hazybear

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.
May 15, 2013, 04:54 PM
By scotnadian

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.


Nice post, Linda.
May 15, 2013, 04:55 PM
By Sabine

Felt so sorry for Andy and could really do without Barry Cowan's remarks, he gives a***holes a bad name!
May 15, 2013, 04:56 PM
By Iris

What did Barry Cowan actually say?
May 15, 2013, 04:57 PM
By Sabine

Andy even mentioning a possibility of not playing the French isn't a good sign. Has he missed a major since his wrist injury early on? I've gone blank.

I'm worried about Andy and I don't mind admitting it. I think if he's not going to be right he'll be wise to skip the French. He shouldn't worry about ranking points or anything like that. The most important thing is Andy's longer term career. If not playing one major helps him to recover and helps to get him right, so be it.
May 15, 2013, 04:57 PM
By teejay1

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.


Hear, hear clap
Clay sucks.
May 15, 2013, 05:03 PM
By blueberryhill

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.


 clap clap clap clap clap Couldn't agree more. Great post.
May 15, 2013, 05:12 PM
By teejay1

All this talk of no RG may just be because he is gutted about today, and as much as I hate to say it to give the doubters some justfiication for his retirement today.  Have just watched the 2nd set and the comeback and he did seem to be moving better towards the end although serving was obviously an issue. Only Andy knows how he feels and I think he will want to be fit for the grass. If he decides not to play RG then so be it I would rather he got fit for Wimbledon.

Does anyone know how the ranking will stack up if he doesn't play ? 
May 15, 2013, 05:20 PM
By Tessie

All this talk of no RG may just be because he is gutted about today, and as much as I hate to say it to give the doubters some justfiication for his retirement today.  Have just watched the 2nd set and the comeback and he did seem to be moving better towards the end although serving was obviously an issue. Only Andy knows how he feels and I think he will want to be fit for the grass. If he decides not to play RG then so be it I would rather he got fit for Wimbledon.

Does anyone know how the ranking will stack up if he doesn't play ? 

You could be onto something here. He's probably very upset right now.
May 15, 2013, 05:27 PM
By Emma Jean


“I pulled out because there was a good chance I wouldn’t be playing tomorrow even if I was able to get through,” Murray said. “I might have to wait and see on Paris. But I’d be very surprised if I was playing in Paris.

“I have an issue with my lower back that I will try and get sorted in the coming weeks,” Murray added. “But it’s been an issue for a while now. I want to make sure it goes away and doesn’t become something that I’m playing with for a long, long time. It’s not enjoyable when you’re playing in pain, all the players will tell you that.”

“I think the shots that hurt get exaggerated more on clay,” Murray said. “When it’s a back issue, rotation tends to be the problem. And on the clay the ball comes through a lot slower, so to generate power you have to rotate more.

“Also the ball bounces higher and there’s less stability with your movement so all those things combined don’t really help.” 

 “When you have the injections, they can help a bit with the pain and take some of the inflammation away,” Murray said. “But that also didn’t make me feel 100 per cent and I want to feel 100 per cent.

“I’ll speak to the guys tonight and chat with the physio and come up with a plan for the next few days. I’ll make a decision on Paris after the next five days I would have thought. I’ll obviously need to take some days off and see how it settles down. But a few days didn’t really make a difference this time so we’ll have to wait and see.”
May 15, 2013, 05:29 PM
By laundry

I can imagine he is feeling lousy right now but is also be cautious with his comments.  I do wonder if the fact that his knee does not do well on the clay if that could contribute to the back being worse on clay as the body does compensate for different problems.  My hip problems were causing back problems which made the GP think I had a back problem but it turned out that it was my hips.  I still have slight twinges in my back but hopefully these will go when the second hip replacement is done.
May 15, 2013, 06:08 PM
By tamila

Watched the match followed by Barry Cowan's comments. That man is totally out of order, I do not hear them talking about other tennis players like that. Andy was very obviously injured and deserves all our support including Barry Cowan's! He should be hauled up for his dreadful remarks about Andy and ordered to make a very public apology!!!!!! Good effort Andy.  clap     
May 15, 2013, 06:26 PM
By JUNEG

I've e-mailed Sky to complain about the odious Barry Cowan and the almost as odious Ms Croft.  I'm sure it won't make the slightest bit of difference but it made me feel better.
May 15, 2013, 06:30 PM
By Alis

times like this im just so bloody glad hes got that major in the bag...
May 15, 2013, 06:37 PM
By Johnny Handsome

I remember reading this article at the start of the year on the aussie open picks...about how murrays body would eventually break down due to the quick muscle hes packed on...could we be seeing it now?? http://www.perfect-tennis.co.uk/australian-open-2013-predictions/
May 15, 2013, 06:48 PM
By Johnny Handsome

Valiant effort from Andy. clap

Screw the clay and save yourself for Wimbles.


I believe I said something similar during the match

Maybe he should just skip Paris, I won't be bothered Whistle
May 15, 2013, 07:18 PM
By Bevc

I've e-mailed Sky to complain about the odious Barry Cowan and the almost as odious Ms Croft.  I'm sure it won't make the slightest bit of difference but it made me feel better.
It was an opinion only on Marcus behalf, Alis, don't let him ruffle you too much. BUT I can imagine if Andy had not made the effort and tried to play. I was wishing he would stop playing when he had the treatment - anything so he didn't do any more damage, but he felt he ought to go on; the spectators were booing him - maybe he felt he had to prove something so long as it didn't do him any more harm - so he finished the set, he gets so many nasty comments where other players don't. He's young and strong and has every chance of coming back for Wimbledon - that's the important one, as far as the French Open is concerned - there's always next year - that's my opinion for what it's worth. Go home Andy, recover with Kim and your team, the dogs and all the things you love.
May 15, 2013, 07:23 PM
By janscribe

My gut feeling is he was only defending 90 points, he is almost a 1000 points ahead of Federer, who has to get to the QF to defend his points. I suspect the cost/benefit analysis was it really wasn't worth battling on in a tournament he has no realistic chance of winning.

They both reached the QF in Paris, so surely unless Fed does better in both he won't overtake Murray.

I think I have said many times before that after last year if that's all we get then its still been a good deal to me.

It seems that lots of players struggle on clay, Tsonga and Nishikori are out. Wawrinka has retired.

Can somebody explain to me (in words of one syllable - why clay is so tough on the body? Also and this isn't a dig against Nadal (for a change), why doesn't it effect his knee injury?).
May 15, 2013, 07:33 PM
By Masaka

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