• Wimbledon trumps Paris for injured Murray

    5/18/13 1:26 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Wimbledon trumps Paris for injured Murray When the crunch comes, injured Andy Murray will jettison his participation at the French Open in order to salvage his Wimbledon dream.

    That's the opinion of the Scot's mother Judy, never far from her son's ear as an on-off part of his travelling entourage.

    Murray underwent a scan on the back which has been giving him pain since late 2011 and which forced his pullout at mid-match in the Rome second round. The world No. 2 said that he would be surprised to find himself able to play at Roland Garros, which begins a week from Sunday, but would make a late fitness decision after consulting with doctors.

    Mum Judy made the point with even more force: “He needs to be cautious and I'm sure Wimbledon will be his priority"," the British Fed Cup captain told the BBC. ""Obviously the goal is to be in peak condition for Wimbledon.

    "It's (the injury) something to do with his back but the scan will let him see what the injury is and what needs to be done. Often you pick up niggles when you change surfaces. Each surface brings its own problems and challenges. This back issue has been rumbling for a week or so."

    Ironically, Murray's only other match retirement also came on his birthday when he pulled form Hamburg with a wrist injury in 2007 and missed both the French and Wimbledon.

    Murray made a Wimbledon breakthrough a year ago by reaching the final, losing to Roger Federer. He beat the Swiss in the Olympic gold medal match a few weeks later on the iconic Centre court.

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rogervic , 5/18/13 5:11 PM

^That would be nice :)

deuce , 5/18/13 6:22 PM

Murray deserved to win that final in 2012 wimby, he played exceptionally well except in patches when Roger excelled and the court was still true and the cover coming up after some rain. By the time the OG happened the court was not true and Federer was probably, and i dare say probably, drained from his hopeless semi against Juan. who should have won- i still wonder how he lost. He should have won that final as much as Roddick should have in the 2010 final. Murray is still a hard court guy. For taking SW19 he must find a COACH who had been able to do it there. I suggest Martina Navravitolva in company with Mom Judy. No pun intended though.

newfangkc , 5/18/13 6:55 PM

murray will pullout of RG

isfand , 5/18/13 10:14 PM

so murray pulled out

isfand , 5/22/13 9:10 AM

will be interesting to see whether he plays a grass court warm up queens

isfand , 5/22/13 9:14 AM

I read on another tennis site that Murray will play at Queens in three weeks.

Nativenewyorker , 5/22/13 9:35 AM

I said it was pointless worrying about seedings at RG that "whatever will be will be". It's now turned out that even though Muzz is #2 he is not going to be there and rather than Rafa being #5 seed which many feared, he would actually have been seeded 4 with or without Muzz and now he'll be seeded 3.

I don't think anyone should take Ferru for granted. The way he is playing now, he is capable of taking Nole and Fed out in the SF. There are many dangerous players well before the last 4 so let's not assume that the fight is only amongst the top 4 seeds.

I can't wait for the the draw. Does anyone know when it will be done?

nadline , 5/22/13 10:00 AM

The draw will be on Friday. I'm so excited.

nadline , 5/22/13 10:07 AM

Tomorrow, I'm going to have an operation on my knee under general anesthetic because I tore the cartilage running for a train. I'm glad the draw is not till Friday, or I would have missed all the excitement if it was on Thursday.

I've taken sympathy for Rafa's knee problems to ne heights.

nadline , 5/22/13 1:47 PM

Hope all goes well. A friend of mine, as big an Andy fan as me, has suddenly developed acute back ache, came on as Andy pulled out of Rome.....

deuce , 5/22/13 1:51 PM

Thanks, deuce.

Now watch your back. Hope Andy makes a speedy recovery in time for grass. He must be very frustrated, he was hoping to make some inroads at RG this year.

nadline , 5/22/13 2:20 PM

How does missing RG impact on his ranking? Presumably Federer will claw his way back to No.2.

Take it carefully Nadline. At least you will have a legitimate reason for sitting in front of the TV with your leg propped up for the duration of RG.

ed251137 , 5/22/13 2:40 PM

Fed will have to make the final to go back to #2.

nadline , 5/22/13 3:00 PM

I've been trying to get tickets for the SF - but would have to take out a mortgage to pay for them!!!

I used to go regularly but for some reason it often rained for the SF day and there is no where more inhospitable than RG under the rain. Recently it's been the final which cops the bad weather more often than not.

ed251137 , 5/22/13 3:29 PM

Get well soon, nadline.

rafaisthebest , 5/22/13 3:39 PM


nadline , 5/22/13 4:09 PM

Ofcourse Wimbledon is much more important than Roland Garros. Only rafabots will think otherwise.

Fedkovic23 , 5/22/13 5:09 PM

Wait to see the shine come off Wimby when (yes, when) Rafa wins it.........then it will be the USOpen that's most important!

rafaisthebest , 5/22/13 5:20 PM

^^^ Yes, Fedkovicers are great at shifting sands. There was a time when IW was the most prestigious h/c M1000..............I wonder if it still is.

nadline , 5/22/13 5:48 PM

Soon none of the majors will be "important".

Soon only "Dancing With The Stars" will matter to Federer20.


Conspirator , 5/22/13 6:05 PM

So it took 3 days for the Fedkovics of the world to rear their ugly head back

sanju , 5/22/13 6:06 PM

del potro withdraws from RG

isfand , 5/22/13 6:43 PM

Murray is likely to be 3rd seed for wimbledon as wimbledon follows fol formula for seeding players but that is no disadvantage as i dont think djokovic is more dangerous on grass than nadal
Add the following to a player's entry ATP points (the week before Wimbledon):

- 100% points earned for ALL grass court tournaments in the past 12 months.

- 75% points earned for BEST grass court tournament in the 12 months before that.

isfand , 5/22/13 6:53 PM

Conspirator, 5/22/13 6:05 PM,

Good one!

sanju, 5/22/13 6:06 PM,

Yes, I guess the period of mourning after another Fed loss to Rafa has become shorter!

Nativenewyorker , 5/22/13 8:43 PM


There is no doubting the importance of Wimbledon in our sport. I hope Novak wins atleast a few more of those. Right now for Nole, though RG is the only tournament that matters. He needs the career slam more than anything.


JamesDjokovicFan , 5/22/13 10:45 PM

@nadline - I have an old knee injury from a modern dance "incident". We Rafafans who truly empathize with his suffering need to stick together (and train regularly, post-op, to keep those supporting muscles strong for the joint, LOLsigh).

Best wishes for the fastest of recoveries.

(Make sure, if they're things you take, that the docs give you your scrip for your painkillers. "Outpatient procedure" =/= "painless".)

mara002 , 5/23/13 12:20 AM

Recover fast , nadline!

holdserve , 5/23/13 3:34 AM

Sigh, one minute RG is not important, it' s a lesser Salm, the next it is important so Novak can complete the career Slam.......


rafaisthebest , 5/23/13 5:54 AM

JamesDjokovic fan only talks to his oter monicker Fedkovic23, have you guys noticed it and diligently at that ;-)

Well people, what do we call a person talking looking into the mirror at himself? Lol

sanju , 5/23/13 7:04 AM

rafaisthebest, 5/23/13 5:54 AM,

You said it! The hypocrisy is positively mind boggling! Well done!

sanju, 5/23/13 7:04 AM,

What do we call that person? Someone with a really big problem! :)

Nativenewyorker , 5/23/13 8:39 AM

My goodness nadline, you take your support for Rafa too far, now you want to break your knees too! Next you'll be aligning your ketchup bottles and waring very expensive watches. (kidding, all the luck for your operation, ouch!)

Shireling , 5/23/13 11:46 AM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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