French Open 2013: Andy Murray withdraws due to back injury

French Open 2013: Andy Murray withdraws with the lower back injury that forced him to retire at the Rome Masters last week

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Andy Murray will miss the French Open Photo: Marianne Bevis

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open with the back injury that forced him out of the Rome Masters last week.

The 26-year-old Scot retired from his second-round match against Marcel Granollers with a lower back problem in Italy last Wednesday.

“It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete,” Murray said.

“Apologies to the organisers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible.”

It will be the first Grand Slam that the British No1 has missed since he sat out Wimbledon back in 2007 due to a wrist problem.

Murray is due to compete at the pre-Wimbledon Queen’s Club tournament in London, which starts on 10 June.

Speaking about the back problem following his retirement last week, Murray said: “It’s been an issue for a while now and I want to make sure it goes away.

“It’s been here since the end of 2011 pretty much. But it got bad during the clay season last year, and I obviously had all the injections and that helped for a little while but it’s been an issue for quite a long time.

“Injections can help but they didn’t make me feel 100 per cent. I want to feel 100 per cent.”

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