Former world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open 2023. He joins the list of Major names missing from the tournament, including Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, and Nick Kyrgios. The 36-year-old, who has made just one appearance at Roland Garros since reaching the semi-finals in 2017, last month said he wanted another chance to play at the clay-court Grand Slam while he is still fit and healthy. Murray, whose only final appearance in the French Open was in 2016, has in the past opted to skip the claycourt tournaments to focus on the grasscourt swing heading into Wimbledon, which starts on July 3rd. Also read: “I would love every tennis court to be 10 metres large and 10 metres wide”- Daniil Medvedev
He stated in an interview back in February that Wimbledon offered him the best chance of going deep at a Grand Slam. The Scotsman said that with most players feeling more comfortable playing on hard courts, he feels he has a better chance of going two weeks at Wimbledon, which he has won twice. He added “I’m not saying I would expect to win the French Open if I played, but with Wimbledon, there is certainly a better opportunity to have a deep run,“
Andy Murray’s Performance Since 2019
The currently 42nd-ranked Andy Murray had dropped to 503 in the men’s rankings after having hip surgery in 2019 but has worked himself back up in the last four years. The Scotsman’s decision to skip the Roland Garros can prevent him from gaining important points to help get seeded. And although only the top 32 ranked players are seeded, Murray can only hope to get into the seeded category once players withdraw inevitably through injury. Murray had earlier this month won the second-tier Aix-en-Provence Challenger Tour crown, but suffered early exits in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, and Bordeaux. He is currently set to play in the Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club, which takes place from 19-25 June. Also read: “She is being smart in her training, scheduling her breaks,” Chris Evert believes Iga Swiatek is fully ready for French Open title defense
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