Andy Murray might miss the French Open with a lower back injury. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the Italian Open during the middle of his match against Marcel Granollers on Wednesday. Murray said he is unlikely to be ready for the French Open on May 26.
Despite winning the second set against Granollers, a lower back injury forced Murray to retire from the match. Murray took an injury break to receive treatment on his lower back and continued playing but eventually was forced to retire.
Murray said after the match that he "would be very surprised" if he would be able to play in Paris later this month.
“I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris," Murray said. “I need to make a plan as to what I do. I’ll chat with the guys tonight and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days.
Murray was uncertain whether the back pain would require the British tennis player to have surgery. Murray is currently the No. 2 tennis player
in ATP's rankings.