• Murray pulls from Paris with back injury

    5/22/13 12:08 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray pulls from Paris with back injury Andy Murray has confirmed that he will not be able to play the French Open, with the world No. 2 pulling out of the Grand Slam start this weekend due to the recent aggravation of a longstanding back injury.

    The decision, which the Scot hinted at last week in Rome when he had to quit his opening match in pain, means that the 26-year-old now has just over a fortnight to try and be fit for the Queen's club grass event from June 10, where he is top seed.

    "It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete," read a Murray 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."

    Murray's retirement in Rome against Marcel Granollers was followed by the prediction: "I'd be very surprised if I were playing in Paris."

    The 2011 Roland Garros semi-finalist and quarter-finalist a year ago, headed to London and has spent the last week in consultation with specialists about an injury which he says has been bothering him for nearly 18 months and which required pain-killing injections a year ago in order to compete in Paris.

    Murray will miss his first Grand Slam since Paris in 2007 (wrist injury). The French Open begins on Sunday.

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somehow I don't feel the draw will favour Fed this year.. I think lady luck has jumped another train

Shireling , 5/22/13 12:59 PM

I have a feeling Fed will not bust his guts at RG, he will "save" himself for Wimby. In fact, I would be very surprised if he reaches the semis.....

rafaisthebest , 5/22/13 1:11 PM

In my opinion, this favors Ferrer most of all. His record against the other top 3 is dismal and avoiding any one of them in the quarters can only help him. I don't think it makes much of a difference to the rest. Nadal was going to have the No. 4 spot anyway, and there is no statistical advantage to being No. 3 over No. 4. Also, Federer has as much chance of being in Nadal's half as he did before Murray pulled out.

cherylmurray , 5/22/13 1:19 PM

Yeah, 0% chance.


Conspirator , 5/22/13 1:38 PM

Exactly, Cheryl. It would only have mattered to all of them if Rafa was still ranked 5.

I said it was pointless speculating endlessly about it......and what of Lendl's idea that if Murray made it to #2 it would help his chances if Rafa was seeded 5 and he ended up on the same side as Roger and Nole so the three of them could fight it out amongst themselves leaving Muzz to sail through to the final to meet a tired Fed or Rafa or Nole.

Muzz did make it to #2 but sadly, is injured and can't play RG. Maybe he shouldn't have played MC because it's not mandatory, but he was so keen to get to #2 that he needed the points.

#Life is what happens whilst you are busy planning.

nadline , 5/22/13 1:42 PM

Has del potro pulled out of the French as well?

tj600 , 5/22/13 1:44 PM

delpo is out too

Sib69 , 5/22/13 1:49 PM

If Fed was #3 and Nadal #4 they would not have been in the same half. The #3 seed faces #1 or #2 if all advance to the semifinals. Same with #4 : either #1 or #2 in the semis. However If Fed draws Ferrer it should be on to the final against the winner of Djoker/Nadal.

chr18 , 5/22/13 1:54 PM

actually, that's true, chr. It would probably have been slightly better for Federer had Murray remained in the draw. Regardless, I still think this has the biggest benefit for Ferrer.

Del Potro had bronchitis I believe and is in Argentina trying to recover.

cherylmurray , 5/22/13 2:10 PM

What a shame. Hoping Murray and Del Po a speedy and full recovery!!!

Monalysa , 5/22/13 2:39 PM

although I find it very hard to believe.. it's been said that Fed has benefited from 'favourable draws' in the past.
It will be interesting to see how it pans out this year... whom the rigging will benefit...

Shireling , 5/22/13 4:09 PM

Murray has pulled out it was inevitable Ferrer benefits from Murrays absence but in any case Ferrer is better than Murray on clay he deserves this break, Ferrers record is poor vs the top 4 players but on clay he has a very good record vs Murray, he beat Murray in the QF of French open last year a convincing 4 set victory. Murray isnt very good on clay in addition he isnt very passionate about playing on clay, even at 100% fitness Murray could have easily gone out to players ranked outside the top ten such as Wawrinka, Almagro, Gulbis, Monaco, Chardy or Dimitrov. Murray was never a threat at French Open now the real challenge for Murray is to regain fitness for Wimbledon where he is a genuine contender.

tennis2011 , 5/22/13 4:40 PM

Federer has benefitted from draws? The guy and Djokovic were constantly drawn to meet in the semis for 10 out of 13 consecutive slams are some ridiculous number like that. This was when Fedalovic was way ahead of the rest of the field. [till around 2011USO]

Rafa fans should be the last to complain about rigged draws. Then again, that will be your only option when you lose to clowns like Rosol in 2nd round and are regularly taken to 5th set by jokers like petzchner and haase!

Fedkovic23 , 5/22/13 5:33 PM

Nope. Federer20, you are a complete idiot and know nothing about tennis.
That "random trend" coincidentally stopped after Nole's transformation and Nole started beating Fed.

Nole was "randomly" drawn into Fed's half in every single h/c and grass slam from 2007 USO-2011 USO. 13 in a row until people figured out Nole had transformed into a better player than Fed.


Conspirator , 5/22/13 5:59 PM

The fact that the French Open bucked this "trend" makes the rigging even more obvious as Murray was a much weaker player on clay than Nole.


Conspirator , 5/22/13 6:01 PM

^^^^^^It's not obvious to Fedups when they are clutching at straws.

ed251137 , 5/22/13 6:33 PM

Conspirator, 5/22/13 5:59 PM,

Thanks again for using facts to counter the latest propaganda.

Interesting that this guy brings up Petz and Haase, considering that Rafa won the 2010 Wimbledon! Sour grapes!

We all know why Rafa lost to Rosol in the 2nd round of Wimbledon last year. If the Fedups are pinning their hopes on a repeat of that, then they really are desperate!

Nativenewyorker , 5/22/13 8:49 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
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