Andy Murray chooses to miss French Open

Andy Murray withdraws from French Open

Tom Barlow
11th June 2022
Image: Wikimedia Commons
On the 15th May, just over a week before Roland Garros, Andy Murray decided to withdraw himself from the tournament to focus on the upcoming grass court season. 

With eyes firmly on Wimbledon, the former world number one decided to alleviate himself of the strain of the only clay court grand slam, a couple of weeks after his withdrawal from the Madrid Open. 

Murray had decided to miss the entirety of the clay-court season to enable himself to be fully prepared for his favoured grass court season in front of home fans.  

However, he decided last minute to enter the Madrid Open at the beginning of May as a wildcard. 

The Scotsman had turned a few heads, overcoming the likes of Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov in the early rounds. 

A nostalgic affair against a lifetime rival, Novak Djokovic, awaited Murray, with the two not facing each other since 2017 in Qatar. A quite shocking statistic, as it felt as if the two heavyweights would go punch for punch most weekends on the circuit. 

Nevertheless, Murray was forced to withdraw from the quarterfinal against his old foe due to illness, forcing the tennis world to wait another day for the reunion of Murray and Djokovic. 

Due to the said withdrawal being illness, there were still hopes for Murray to compete in the grand slam in Paris, but these wishes were soon quelled by Murray’s announcement on May 15th

All of the top nine ATP ranked players competed in the Grand Slam, leaving Murray’s absence from the tournament a sad fate to bear. 

As extra preparation for Wimbledon, Murray has prolonged his grass court season by entering into the Surbiton Trophy for the first time since 2004, where he will face the Austrian Jurij Rodionov. 

Murray will also have opportunities to play at Queens and Eastbourne, before he takes to the courts of the illustrious courts of Wimbledon, where he has reveled in so much success. 

With the Brit recently turning 35 years old with constant injury worries, one hopes for the grass court season to go smoothly and victorious for himself, with the fear of an injury before the grass court Grand Slam plaguing the minds of many. 

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