Andy Murray withdraws from the French Open to prepare for Wimbledon

Andy Murray withdraws from the French Open with the Brit set to focus on the grass court season ahead of Wimbledon

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open with the British star now set to focus his attentions on the grass court season in preparation for Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old had questioned whether he would play at Roland Garros after suffering first round exits on the clay in Monte Carlo and Madrid.

Murray had bounced back from the two early exits at the Masters 1000 events by winning the Aix-en-Provence Challenger event.

The result marked his first title since 2019.

Murray was then beaten by Italy’s Fabio Fognini in straight sets at the Masters 1000 event in Rome, before losing 6-3, 6-0 to former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka at the Bordeaux Challenger on Wednesday. 

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open ahead of the start of the grass court season

Murray had expressed hopes of competing at the French Open for the first time since 2020, but said he would holds talks with his team before committing following his loss in Rome.

The former world number one has only played at the French Open once in the last five years. 

The withdrawal adds to the risk Murray could miss out on being seeded at Wimbledon, with the Brit currently ranked at 42nd in the world.

Murray, the 2016 runner-up and four-time semi-finalist at Roland Garros, is the latest big name withdrawal from the second Grand Slam event of the year.

The three-time Grand Slam champion’s withdrawal comes days after 14-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal revealed he would be forced to miss the tournament through injury.

The Spanish legend added that he expects 2024 to be his last as a professional on the tour.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini are among other high-profile withdrawals from the men’s draw.

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