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Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open after seeking medical advice on his back injury.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