Andy Murray: Ongoing back problem likely to keep me out of French Open
Andy Murray says he would be "very surprised" if he can play at the French Open after retiring hurt at the Rome Masters.
Last Updated: 15/05/13 5:56pm
The world No 2 was forced to retire hurt during his ATP Rome Masters match with Marcel Granollers on Wednesday after suffering a recurrence of a lower back problem.
And a despondent Murray, who was supposed to be celebrating his 26th birthday in Rome, delivered a grim verdict on his chances of competing at Roland Garros later this month.
"I have an issue with my lower back," he said. "It's been an issue for a while.
"I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris. I need to make a plan as to what I do. I'll chat with the guys and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days.
"I want to make sure it goes away. It's been a problem since the end of 2011 but it got bad during last year's clay season."
Murray's match with Granollers was tied at 1-1 in sets when he quit, and his opponent was sympathetic.
Granollers said: "He is a good player and he can do well in Roland Garros, and if he has a problem then I can understand he is thinking of Paris."