Andy Murray is the latest big-name tennis star to withdraw from this year’s French Open as the Brit turns his focus to the grasscourt season. Murray has endured a mixed bag on the claycourts this year, losing in the first round at four events but also winning his first ATP title in four years.
The three-time major champion had been hoping to use the tournaments as a way to jump up the rankings to be seeded at Grand Slams. But his disappointing loss at the Italian Open scuppered any chances of that happening for the French Open.
And it looks as though Murray is now ready to turn his focus to prepare for Wimbledon as he’s withdrawn from the French Open. Murray’s withdrawal is another blow to the Roland Garros organisers following Rafael Nadal’s announcement earlier this week.
Nick Kyrgios and Matteo Berrettini are two other star players who won’t be competing at the French Open this year. For Nadal, it’s the first time that he’s been unable to play at his favourite Grand Slam due to injury or lack of fitness.
The tennis icon has won a record 14 Roland Garros titles and was the defending champion after winning last year’s tournament. But the injury issue he suffered at the Australian Open has continued to plague his comeback plans.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion held a press conference this week confirming his withdrawal from the French Open. And Nadal also told reporters that 2024 will likely be his final year on tour before retiring.
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“I was working as much as possible every single day for the last four months,” Nadal said. “It has been very difficult months because we were not able to find the solution to the problem that I had in Australia.
“Today I’m still in a position that I am not able to feel myself ready to compete at the standards that I need to be [at] to play a Roland-Garros. I am not the guy that is going to be at Roland-Garros and just try to be there and put myself in a position that I don’t like to be [in].
“My ambition is to try to enjoy next year, which will probably be my last year in professional competition. My motivation is to try to say goodbye to all the important tournaments. 2024 will probably be my last year. I’m not going to set a return date before that. It could be reaching the Davis Cup at the end of 2023.”
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