Andy Murray expected to be fit for French Open despite pulling out of exhibition match
Thursday 19 May 2011
Andy Murray is expected to be fit for the French Open despite pulling out of a scheduled exhibition match in Paris today.
The world number four, who was due to play Michael Llodra in the Guinot Mary Cohr Masters at Paris Country Club, sustained a slight problem in training this morning and withdrew as a precaution.
Murray, the fourth seed for the second grand slam of the year, will have treatment at his hotel this evening and his place in tomorrow's draw is not understood to be in any doubt.
Despite the minor nature of the problem, it is a setback Murray could clearly have done without ahead of what has so far been his least successful major.
The 24-year-old, who missed both the French Open and Wimbledon in 2007 because of a wrist problem, has been in decent form on the clay this season, reaching the semi-finals at the Masters events in Monte Carlo and Madrid.
After taking Rafael Nadal to a deciding set in the former, Murray came as close as anyone to ending Novak Djokovic's unbeaten start to the season in the Spanish capital before losing out in a deciding tie-break.
A statement from tournament organisers read: "Andy has withdrawn from the Masters Guinot Mary Cohr today as a precaution after sustaining a minor injury whilst training this morning.
"Andy would like to apologise to the fans and sponsors but hopes to play in the Masters Guinot Mary Cohr once again next year."
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