Murray forced to pull out of French Open

WORLD No2 Andy Murray has revealed he will not compete in next week’s French Open after seeking medical advice on a recurring back injury.

The 26-year-old retired hurt during a second round match with Marcel Granollers at the recent Rome Open, following on-court treatment to a lower back complaint, and admitted then his appearance at the second grand slam of the year, which begins on Sunday, was in doubt.

Murray said playing certain shots on clay exaggerates the injury and, following a period of rest, the problem has not alleviated, so the Scot has now accepted advice not to play at Roland Garros.

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

Murray, the reigning US Open champion, has not missed a grand slam tournament since sitting out the Wimbledon championships in 2007 with a wrist injury.