Murray pulls out of French Open

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Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open after seeking specialist advice on the back injury picked up in Rome. It is believed that this is a recurrence of the same injury that hindered his 2012 clay court season.

The Brit admitted it was a 'really tough decision' and has expressed his disappointment, but says he is not fit to compete in the French capital. He is now looking ahead to the grass court season in three weeks time.

It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete. Apologies to the organisers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible.


This will be the first grand slam Murray has missed since Wimbledon 2007.
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I just posted my report on this at exactly the same time as you. Sorry! Deleted.
May 21, 2013, 11:29 PM
By Grabcopy

From facebook - as MH has reported, plus apologies and thanks.

Injury Update
News - Tuesday, May 21 2013
After consultation with his team and medical specialists, Andy has reluctantly withdrawn from the French Open and will instead focus on preparation for the grass court season.

Andy commented “It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete. Apologies to the organisers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible”
May 21, 2013, 11:59 PM
By Elena

From facebook - as MH has reported, plus apologies and thanks.

Injury Update
News - Tuesday, May 21 2013
After consultation with his team and medical specialists, Andy has reluctantly withdrawn from the French Open and will instead focus on preparation for the grass court season.

Andy commented “It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete. Apologies to the organisers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible”


RG fine whatever let noledal kill each other in a 6 hour final, but i really hope the grass court season is not a doubt also.
May 22, 2013, 12:09 AM
By Rachie

The French open is my least favourite slam as it is, so with Andy not playing, that's any interest i had in watching out the window, roll on Queens
May 22, 2013, 12:35 AM
By The Gnome

The French open is my least favourite slam as it is, so with Andy not playing, that's any interest i had in watching out the window, roll on Queens

highfive
May 22, 2013, 02:56 AM
By Bevc

So sad for Andy and for all of his fans. I really hope the back problem gets sorted out ASAP. I wonder if he's considering having a spine surgery because that will need a lot of time for recovery and rehab. The thought of him pulling a Nadal 2012 stunt is unbearable.
May 22, 2013, 03:33 AM
By bes03_philippines

Whilst I'm very sorry that Andy has had to pull out, it won't stop me taking an interest in the tournament, especially as it's a Slam.

I enjoy tennis and there are other players I'll be supporting - Dimitrov, Tsonga, Ferrer and Del Potro (although his participation too is in doubt).  Also, thanks to ITV, RG is one of the very few occasions where I have the luxury of watching tennis on TV as opposed to sometimes inferior and unreliable livestreams.
May 22, 2013, 03:48 AM
By Aileen

Damn... Not happy about this. Really hope he improves for Queens and Wimbledon.
May 22, 2013, 05:06 AM
By Tommy

I think there is the possibility that Andy was always intending to skip the French Open and did that whole enter Rome and quit thing to prevent people being so critical about it.
May 22, 2013, 05:20 AM
By laundry

Just heard the news
The clay court season just got even more boring.
Get better soon Andy yay
Hope to see you at Queens pray
Fit, healthy and winning.[/b  yay
May 22, 2013, 06:05 AM
By blueberryhill

Like Aileen, it'll be a treat to watch tennis on tv for a change, so I'll be watching when I can, even though it won't hold the same level of interest with Andy not playing. I'm so relieved he's not though, but I just hope 3 weeks will be enough, as I'd hate him to miss the grass season! Get well soon Andy!   hug
May 22, 2013, 06:44 AM
By Caz

Right call I think, queens Wimbeldon and USO , much more important, but upper most is Andys health and well being , but it won't be the same without him. all we need is smug fed to go out early so Andy stays ahead in the ranking points.  yay
May 22, 2013, 08:44 AM
By deb

http://www.thetennisspace.com/five-things-about-andy-murray’s-french-open-withdrawal/
May 22, 2013, 09:40 AM
By xxdanixx

Must be the right decision even though a GS without andy feels like Hamlet without the prince (and if he had played I'd have been so anxious about what it might do to his back I'd not have been able to enjoy watching him anyway).  I just hope the extra rest and the fact that grass is much kinder to his back mean that he'll be ok for Queens and more importantly Wimbledon.   Heard Jonathan O on radio earlier and he was suggesting if the back was really bad he'd have decided sooner and that the fact he took advice from 2 specialists suggests this is as much precautionary as anything.  Hope he's right.   JO agrees it's the wise decision and I hope the rest of the media are equally supportive.  It's also good that we were told when Andy would make the decision and we weren't left in the dark guessing this time.
May 22, 2013, 09:41 AM
By Ruthie

Thanks dani very interesting.
May 22, 2013, 09:46 AM
By deb

thanks for posting that dani - good to read a supportive commentary and also that it shouldn't affect andy's ranking too badly.   After his thrashing on Sunday doesn't look that likely that smugfed will make the final though of course all depends on the draw.  So my primary (negative ) goal for RG will be for smugfed to go out as early as possible and I'll be backing baby Fed to go as far as possible.   
May 22, 2013, 09:46 AM
By Ruthie

Thanks for that Dani.  I was only mildly surprised at his retirement in Rome as it does seem the clay brings out the problem.  He will, of course, be more relaxed on grass as it is a good surface for him and being a little less relaxed would not help his back problem as I know from experience, although my problem did turn out to be my hips as well.
May 22, 2013, 09:54 AM
By tamila

On one hand I am very sorry that Andy has pulled out of RG but on the other hand glad as clay does not suit his type of back injury, and could end up ruining his career. Roll on Queens!!
May 22, 2013, 12:08 PM
By ChrisMac

I think Andy has done the right thing all around. Playing RG and risking aggravating the back further would probably have impacted on his chances for Wimbledon. Seeing as he is less likely to win RG than Wimbledon he has made the right decision. I think he would have been worried at RG this year, concerned he was taking a risk too far, so that could have been a distraction.

RG won't have the same appeal without Andy, but I'll still watch. I'll be able to support Ferrer, Dimitrov and the lovely JWT, none of whom will win, but there we are. I won't be as disappointed as each one loses, because although I like all of them, they don't mean as much as Andy.

Fingers crossed that Federer goes out nice and early. I'm chuffed to know now, thanks to Sparkle, that he needs to get to the final to overtake Andy. I think Andy should be all right for that, but just in case, I'll keep my fingers crossed for Federer's opponents, even Berdych, Raonic and JJ, if any of those happen.

Thank God the clay season is nearly over! I hate it, I really do. It has to be the most tedious time of the year. My mind is already halfway to Queen's, where hopefully Andy will be fit and ready to go. Then there is Wimbledon. Can't wait!
May 22, 2013, 12:24 PM
By teejay1

Get better soon, Andy.

Screw the clay. I'm more than happy to wait and see you on this surface.

May 22, 2013, 12:30 PM
By scotnadian

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