Andy Murray: Ongoing back problem likely to keep me out of French Open

Last Updated: 15/05/13 5:56pm

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Andy Murray: The British No 1 may miss the French Open

Andy Murray: The British No 1 may miss the French Open

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Andy Murray says he "would be very surprised" if he can play at the French Open.

The world No 2 was forced to retire hurt during his ATP Rome Masters match with Marcel Granollers on Wednesday after suffering a recurrence of a lower back problem.

And a despondent Murray, who was supposed to be celebrating his 26th birthday in Rome, delivered a grim verdict on his chances of competing at Roland Garros later this month.

"I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris. I need to make a plan as to what I do."
Andy Murray

"I have an issue with my lower back," he said. "It's been an issue for a while.

"I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris. I need to make a plan as to what I do. I'll chat with the guys and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days.

"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."

Murray's match with Granollers was tied at 1-1 in sets when he quit, and his opponent was sympathetic.

Granollers said: "He is a good player and he can do well in Roland Garros, and if he has a problem then I can understand he is thinking of Paris."

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