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Andy Murray will not play the French Open as he withdraws to focus on his Wimbledon hopes

Andy Murray will not play the French Open as he withdraws to focus on his Wimbledon hopes after being forced to withdraw from a clash with Novak Djokovic in Madrid due to illness.

  • Andy Murray pulls out of French Open to prepare for Wimbledon
  • The Scot had originally said he would miss the entire season on clay.
  • But he took a U-turn when he took a wild card at last week’s Madrid Open.
  • However, the 35-year-old was forced to withdraw in the third round due to illness.

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open and will focus on building Wimbledon.

The Scot, who turned 35 on Sunday, said in February that he would skip the entire clay court season, but then changed his mind and took a wild card into last week’s Madrid Open.

He produced some of his best form since hip surgery to reach the third round, beating Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov before having to withdraw from what would have been his first clash with Novak Djokovic since 2017 due to illness.

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open and will focus on building Wimbledon

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open and will focus on building Wimbledon

The Scot beat Denis Shapovalov (right) to reach the third round of the Madrid Open last week

The Scot beat Denis Shapovalov (right) to reach the third round of the Madrid Open last week

He remained in the Roland Garros draw and it seemed that Murray, who met with manager Ivan Lendl, might opt ​​to play in the second Grand Slam of the year after all, but now he has withdrawn and is sticking to his original plan.

However, it remains to be seen where Murray will play on grass as the tennis world awaits decisions from the ATP and WTA on how to respond to Wimbledon and the Lawn Tennis Association’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players from tennis tournaments. this summer.

He had initially remained at Roland Garros despite withdrawing last week due to illness.

He had initially remained at Roland Garros despite withdrawing last week due to illness.

The removal of all ranking points is very much on the table and would severely affect Tour events in particular.

Murray had discussed the possibility of playing in the Surbiton Trophy, a second-tier Challenger event in London beginning May 30, before heading to Stuttgart for the ATP tournament the following week.

In 2017, he signed a contract to compete at the Queen’s Club for the rest of his career.

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