• Murray to make the call on Paris this week

    5/19/13 10:07 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray to make the call on Paris this week Andy Murray is due to make the call at mid-week as to whether his painful back will allow him to be fit for the French Open.

    The clay-court major starts on Sunday, but could well be going ahead without the world No. 2.

    Murray withdrew from his opening match in the second round at Rome last week, handing over a victory to Spain's Marcel Granollers with the sets level at one apiece.

    The Scot later revealed that he had been bothered by the issue for nearly 18 months and had reached the Wimbledon final last summer against Roger Federer thanks to the help of pain-killing injections.

    Murray added that he did not want to go that same route again in order to front up at Roland Garros, where his career best was a semi-final in 2011. He said in the wake of his latest injury incident that he would be "very surprised" if he finds himself actually on court in Paris.

    Murray underwent a scan in London and is now pondering his next move as he consults with his team and with his own body.

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He's not gonna win RG. I'd rather see him skip this and win W than compromise his efforts for both.

ts38 , 5/19/13 11:32 PM

What you would rather see him skip and or win matters zip to Murray, why would he listen to a nobody like you?

rafaisthebest , 5/19/13 11:51 PM

How would he compromise his efforts for the French by playing vs not playing?


Conspirator , 5/20/13 12:22 AM

Murray has announced he will not play French Open.

rafaisthebest , 5/21/13 11:44 PM

This has to be a sensible decision on his part. With any luck the rain might stop in the UK long enough for him to get some practice on grass. Will he play Queens?

ed251137 , 5/21/13 11:54 PM

Here's hoping he gets the right medical attention and is ready for Wimby.

The major beneficiary of this to me is Ferru. He will now be #4 seed at RG meaning he only has to go through one of the top 3 to get into his first Slam final which also happens to be his best surface. I believe Ferru is playing better clay court tennis than Federer this season and if he lands in Federer's half can very well take him out if Fed makes it to the semis in the first place. I agree with Uncle Toni's assessment that Ferru is one of the favorites together with Rafa and Nole.

Very, very strong chance of an all Spanish RG final..........

rafaisthebest , 5/22/13 12:44 AM

I think Nole is the 2nd biggest beneficary after Ferru. With Murray #2 seed, Nole had to play either Fed or rafa in semis. Now he could get Ferru instead (or Rafa). Makes things easier for him, slightly!

atul1985 , 5/22/13 7:27 AM

Very sad I won't be seeing Andy at RG but think it's a wise decision. Just hope the extra rest enables him to be fit and raring to go for Wimbledon.
Get better soon, Andy.

deuce , 5/22/13 7:49 AM

atul1985, agree. However, would be very surprised if the Frenchies put Rafa and Fed in the same half. Makes more sense to do that, mind, but I suspect the Frenchies are more interested in Fed making the final than sense......

rafaisthebest , 5/22/13 8:02 AM

Get well soon, muzz. Can't say I had huge expectations for Paris anyway. Now get fit Nd fresh for wimbie. If only there were less clay and more grass ...

alex , 5/22/13 8:09 AM

It is unfortunate that Andy had to pull out, but obviously this is what's best for his health. The most important thing is for him to deal with the problem now and get healthy for Wimbledon.

I am sorry for his fans, but glad that he is taking care of himself.

I honestly haven't even thought about how this affects the other players. It will all be sorted out with the draw.

Nativenewyorker , 5/22/13 8:18 AM

Who on earth are you going to support now that Andy has withdrawn? What a terribly difficult decision for you to make.

deuce , 5/22/13 8:22 AM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
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