Andy Murray to miss French Open to start preparations for Wimbledon

The two-time Wimbledon champion is switching his focus to grass.

Eleanor Crooks
Sunday 15 May 2022 15:09
Andy Murray will focus on building up to Wimbledon (Ian Walton/AELTC Pool)
Andy Murray will focus on building up to Wimbledon (Ian Walton/AELTC Pool)

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open and will focus on building up to Wimbledon.

The Scot, who turned 35 on Sunday, said in February he would skip the whole 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 pull out of what would have been a first clash with Novak Djokovic since 2017 because of illness.

He remained in the Roland Garros draw and it appeared Murray, who has reunited with coach Ivan Lendl, could opt to play in the year’s second grand slam after all, but he has now pulled out and is sticking to his original plan.

Quite where Murray will play on grass remains to be seen, though, as the tennis world waits for decisions from the ATP and WTA on how to respond to Wimbledon and the Lawn Tennis Association’s banning of Russian and Belarusian players from this summer’s tournaments.

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

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

In 2017 he signed a deal to compete at Queen’s Club for the duration of his career.

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