Andy Murray to skip French Open, clay-court season to protect fitness

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray stated on Sunday that he intends to skip the French Open and remainder of the clay-court season so as to forestall damage and lengthen his profession following a number of hip surgical procedures.

The 34-year-old Murray, who crashed out in the second round of the Australian Open, shall be in motion on the ATP 500 occasion in Rotterdam beginning Monday after accepting a wildcard to enter the primary draw.

“The previous couple of years, the clay has made points worse,” the three-times main winner stated forward of his first-round match towards Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.

“Last yr I had some points firstly of the yr, the clay did not assist, so I’ve spoken to my workforce about that and this yr whereas I really feel good and wholesome, I do not wish to take that danger.”

Murray, who made the ultimate at Roland Garros in 2016, added that he might return to the floor sooner or later.

“It’s not that I would not probably play on clay sooner or later, final yr I virtually missed Wimbledon, was near not enjoying the grass season, I’m not planning on enjoying the clay, I’ll nonetheless attempt to compete a bit throughout that interval,” he stated.

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