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Injury forces Andy Murray out of French Open

Updated: Tuesday, 21 May 2013 22:52 | Comments

Andy Murray will miss this year's French Open
Andy Murray will miss this year's French Open

Andy Murray has withdrawn from next week's French Open after failing to recover from a back injury picked up at the Rome Masters.

Murray met with medical specialists yesterday and again today to assess whether he would be able to take part in the second grand slam of the year at Roland Garros.

And with the grass-court season and Wimbledon just weeks away, the world number two has elected to err on the side of caution and skip clay-court tennis' showpiece event.

"After consultation with his team and medical specialists, Andy has reluctantly withdrawn from the French Open and will instead focus on preparation for the grass court season," a statement read.

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

"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."

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