Andy Murray gambles on back procedure over Surbiton title defense

Monday, 03 June 2024 at 08:37
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Andy Murray will begin his grass court season in a few weeks at the Stuttgart Open instead of Surbiton which begins next week, he has confirmed with the Brit set to undergo a procedure on his troublesome back.
Murray complained of struggling with his back during the clay court season and appeared to have problems when he took on Stan Wawrinka in the first round of the French Open. He said that he didn't undergo a procedure when he should've done. Supposedly a round of injections so will get those done before his final Wimbledon.
“I really didn’t feel good,” Murray told reporters in Paris. “My back has been a problem the last few weeks for practice and stuff. It has not been great.
“To be honest, I always used to have a procedure on my back the week before the French Open. In my prime, clay always caused issues with my back. I didn’t this year [and] it has not been that comfortable.
“I was moving okay, really not feeling that comfortable on the court. I am hoping when I get home I will have a procedure on my back and have a few days’ rest and then should be fine.”
But also this means that he has withdrawn from Surbiton in the coming week where he is defending champion. He instead will head over to Germany in a strange move for Murray given that he is usually a big part of the British grass court season. But will then head to Queen's and Eastbourne with Murray not wanting to use a wildcard for Surbiton if he can't play.
“I don’t feel like I am letting the tournament down by that,” he added. “I was asked to enter the tournament because the LTA want to use the wildcards for guys that need them.
“I said it was unlikely that I was going to play. I want to try and compete at the highest level possible.”

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