Andy Murray pulls out of French Open to prioritise Wimbledon
Published: 21/05/2023- 13:41
Three-time Grand Slam champion Sir Andy Murray has withdrawn from this year’s French Open.
36-year-old Murray was set to participate in the second Grand Slam of the year when the tournament begins on May 28, but after struggling to find his best form on clay recently, it is understood the Scot is focusing on the grass court season.
The withdrawal could see Murray miss out on being seeded at Wimbledon as he’s currently ranked 42nd in the world.
Murray crashed out of the first round of the Italian open earlier in the week and made another disappointing exit at an ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux against long-time rival Stan Wawrinka.
He did, however, have an impressive outing in France where he came from a set down to beat America's Tommy Paul at the Aix-en-Provence ATP Challenger final, securing his first singles trophy in four years.
Murray was then beaten by Italy's Fabio Fognini in straight sets at the Masters 1000 event in Rome.
The former world number one, bidding to revive his career after major hip surgery in 2018, is targeting specific tournaments to participate in as he struggles to get back to form.
Murray has only played at Roland Garros once since 2017 and joins the list of high-profile players to miss out on this year’s French Open including 14-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal, Italy's Matteo Berrettini and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.
The French Open qualifying is set to begin tomorrow while the main draw is set to begin on May 28 and run until June 11.