Defending Olympic gold medalist and US Open champion Andy Murray may miss the upcoming French Open and focus on The Championships, Wimbledon instead.
Murray's mother, Judy, announced that her son's intentions of possibly missing the French Open to focus on Wimbledon instead. Murray pulled out of the Rome Masters this week due to a back injury and given Murray's lack of success on the clay courts, he may just focus on the grass courts instead. Murray, a Scot, is trying to become the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon.
Murray hasn't officially withdrawn from the French Open, but with Murray battling a back injury, he may just skip the French Open and instead focus on his strong suit, the grass courts of Wimbledon.
The clay courts are tough on back injuries due to the constant twisting and turning that players do on the clay and it would just make sense for Murray to miss Roland Garros this year. Playing at Roland Garros not 100% could serious damage Murray's chances at Wimbledon, a tournament better suited for Murray.
Judy Murray said about his son's injury and how the clay court affects it,
"It's 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."
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