The French Open is the only major where Andy Murray has not yet reached the final.
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Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open after seeking medical advice on his back injury.

The second-ranked Briton was forced to pull out of the Italian Open during his second-round match against Marcel Granollers of Spain last Wednesday because of a lower back complaint.

The U.S. Open champion met with specialists this week and has opted to now focus on preparing for the start of the grass-court season and Wimbledon next month.

Murray says in a statement: "It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice I am not fit to compete," adding "now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible."

The French Open at Roland Garros starts Sunday.

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