Andy Murray withdraws from Roland Garros as he turns attention to grass season

Andy Murray has withdrawn from Roland Garros as mystery continues to surround his current situation.

Murray initially announced he would skip all of the clay season to focus entirely upon the upcoming grass season.

The thinking behind that was a belief that the clay season the previous year had been too aggravating on his hip to allow him to be at his best for Wimbledon.

When he linked up again with former coach Ivan Lendl, Murray appeared to have a change of heart and accepted a wildcard to play Madrid.

That went very well, with Murray beating former US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the opening round before winning a brilliant clash with Denis Shapovalov.

Beating Shapovalov setup a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic, with Murray speaking excitedly beforehand about testing himself against one of his greatest ever rivals again.

However, he pulled out of the Djokovic match just hours before it, with ‘illness’ given as the reason.

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Murray then pulled out of the Rome Masters too the following week before taking the decision not to play the French Open, which starts next week.

It is probable that Murray never intended to play the French Open at all, with Madrid and Rome used as part of his ongoing preparations for grass season.

After all, potential five-set matches on clay just a few weeks before Wimbledon certainly pose obvious dangers to his fitness.

Another theory doing the rounds is that Andy Murray pulled out of Madrid and Rome because of a Covid infection, although it must be stressed that hasn’t been confirmed.

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