Andy Murray Wise to Withdraw from Roland Garros

Andy Murray withdraws from Roland Garros

May 21, 2013 — After consulting with his team and medical specialists, world No. 2 Andy Murray has decided to withdraw from next week’s Roland Garros tournament in Paris due to a lower back injury.

“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 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.”

In Rome last week during his second round match against Marcel Granollers, Murray retired after winning the second set, and in his presser afterward alluded to potentially missing the season’s second Slam.

“I have an issue with my lower back. It’s been an issue for a while,” Murray commented in Rome. “I want to make sure it goes away. It’s been a problem since the end of 2011 but it got bad during last year’s clay season … I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris.”

Though this may seem like bad news on the surface, it comes as a blessing in disguise. Murray has always played with a very physical and demanding style and Roland Garros has consistently been his worse Slam in terms of performance. Taking a rest now while the rest of the ATP Tour continues to grind it out inevitably allows Murray extra time to prepare for the grass season and another shot at winning Wimbledon.

After last year’s run to the final and tearfully heart-breaking loss to Roger Federer, Murray’s focus may already be on the greens of Wimbledon.