Murray undergoes back surgery

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Andy Murray has elected to undergo surgery on a long standing back problem. The Scot is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the year and will definitely miss three events in the Asian swing. His participation in the Paris Masters event and the year ending World Tour Finals is also in doubt.

The issue - affecting a disk in his lower back - has troubled Murray for two years, and is especially problematic on hard courts and clay. The same problem forced the Scot to withdraw from Roland Garros this year.



Andy's year hasn't officially ended Phil, he might be back for WTF, a slight amendment in headline may be in order. Smile
September 19, 2013, 07:55 PM
By Connor

I think it's pretty unlikely that we'll see him in London, but I've amended it anyway. The BBC think it's over for the year...
September 19, 2013, 07:57 PM
By boogers

I think it's pretty unlikely that we'll see him in London, but I've amended it anyway. The BBC think it's over for the year...

Yes I still think it's quite unlikely, but we can never be too sure, surgery recovery can be a guessing game at times.
September 19, 2013, 07:58 PM
By Connor

The BBC think it's over for the year...
nah.....BBC means Back Before Christmas.
September 19, 2013, 08:01 PM
By robbie

nah.....BBC means Back Before Christmas.

Or Beating Back Crisis Wink
September 19, 2013, 08:02 PM
By Connor

Or Beating Back Crisis Wink
That's unusually good for you, Gangsta. lol
September 19, 2013, 08:07 PM
By Aileen

Going to end the year on sub 6000 points. Asides from Wimbledon (albeit which was the best moment of his career), this has been a forgetful year.
September 19, 2013, 08:09 PM
By TheMadHatter

Going to end the year on sub 6000 points. Asides from Wimbledon (albeit which was the best moment of his career), this has been a forgetful year.
roflmao give me strength God. pray
September 19, 2013, 08:14 PM
By robbie

Going to end the year on sub 6000 points. Asides from Wimbledon (albeit which was the best moment of his career), this has been a forgetful year.

Eh?? It's a more memorable year in my book, considering the pain and guts he's shown to do as well as he has this year.
September 19, 2013, 08:16 PM
By scotnadian

Going to end the year on sub 6000 points. Asides from Wimbledon (albeit which was the best moment of his career), this has been a forgetful year.

Aye, probably going to end up 5th or 6th.  His performances this year are understandable now that we know the extent of the problem. Not bad making the final of the Australian Open, and that magical unbeaten grass court spell.

Next year's going to be fun - 5th or 6th means some epic quarter-final battles...
September 19, 2013, 08:22 PM
By boogers

He,ll end up 4th...max
September 19, 2013, 08:23 PM
By robbie

Harman saying on twitter those writing off the year already being sensationalists.  Guess we will just have to wait and see the important thing is not points but resolving the back problem he can get points back soon enough if fully fit.  I have tickets for WTF too and want to see him play but would be happy not to if it means he can have a fantastic 2014. 
September 19, 2013, 08:25 PM
By Tessie

Eh?? It's a more memorable year in my book, considering the pain and guts he's shown to do as well as he has this year.
Share your sentiments scotnadian.

Backs can be tricky.  Hope he takes plenty time to ensure full recovery.  Recovery and health much more important than points or any tournament.
September 19, 2013, 08:27 PM
By myren

On the one hand, I was disappointed to read about Andy's withdrawal from the Asian swing. On the other hand, the back problem has accompanied too many tournaments already. As the photo shows it goes back to last year's clay court season if not further. In recent events we were not sure whether Andy was troubled by his back. Now the cat is out of the sack, which is good. I wish him all the best.
September 19, 2013, 08:34 PM
By counter_ puncher

Remember more than one person on MW saying there was no problem with his back...
Hmm... Think
September 19, 2013, 08:36 PM
By blueberryhill

Clearly the back was a big problem at the USO.  He didn't look right on the 1st Monday on the Practice Court and I suspect it never got any better.

Still think he might finish at No.4 - important for Oz in January.  Berdych and DP still need 2,400 points to overtake him.  Fed needs 2,750.

Strangely, I'm relieved even though I'll miss Andy for the next 2 or 4 months.  If the Op all goes well, 2014 could be an incredible year.
September 19, 2013, 08:47 PM
By Mackem

No sense him playing if he is in pain.  Better he take care of his back and get healthy.  For the exception of the back, he is in amazing shape, he will have good therapy, and he is young and will heal hopefully quickly.  Good Luck Andy!
September 19, 2013, 08:55 PM
By Apollo

Remember more than one person on MW saying there was no problem with his back...
Hmm... Think
No need to name names ...


Clearly the back was a big problem at the USO.  He didn't look right on the 1st Monday on the Practice Court and I suspect it never got any better.

Still think he might finish at No.4 - important for Oz in January.  Berdych and DP still need 2,400 points to overtake him.  Fed needs 2,750.

Strangely, I'm relieved even though I'll miss Andy for the next 2 or 4 months.  If the Op all goes well, 2014 could be an incredible year.

Yes I remember reading your post about the practice courts Mackem and feeling a bit uneasy.

I don't mind where Andy finishes this year so long as he gets himself fit for next year.

I'll miss him too, but like you feel relieved because I'm glad he's finally doing something about the problem, which I feel is relatively minor despite being very painful at times, because had it been something serious I don't think he could or would have played all the matches he did, and win Wimbledon as well.  Luckily I enjoy tennis in general so can enjoy a few stress-free tournaments!  RG seemed strange at first without him but I got used to it quite quickly.
September 19, 2013, 09:08 PM
By Aileen

Yeah we're all clearly going to forget 2013 aren't we..

Sheesh you couldn't make this stuff up, please god make it stop, it's like watching the X Factor on repeat.

I suppose it hasn't crossed peoples minds that losing a top 4 spot means nothing considering the calibre of player Andy is? plus there is no guarantee that he even will lose it, in any case Rafa didn't go out of the top 5 even after 7 months out, and then there is the chance of making up a shed loads of points next year, and on top of that if all goes well he will be hungrier and fitter than ever.
September 19, 2013, 09:13 PM
By The Gnome

2014 really could be awesome.

Andy's trophy winning surely hasn't yet finished for the year. SPOTY in the bag now with all the extra 'sympathy' voting!
September 19, 2013, 09:16 PM
By Mackem

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