Andy Murray's status for the 2013 tennis season is in doubt, as the current No. 2 is suffering from lower-back problems.
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 5, at 9:40 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Murray is planning to return to the court next week at King's Court, the first tournament of the grass court season, according to a report from TSN.
Per that report:
But Murray says on Twitter that "barring no setbacks in the next couple of days I will be making an appearence at the club of the queen next week! (hashtag)backontrack ."
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 21. at 5:25 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
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Andy Murray says its 'unlikely' he will play french open due to lower back problems.— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) May 15, 2013
Murray didn’t completely rule out the possibility of an appearance, as he stated he would reevaluate things in a few days and see if his body could handle the grueling clay competition, per Dickson:
Downbeat press conference with Andy Murray, he'll give it 4-5 days and then take a view on whether he's ready for 'most physical' Slam.— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) May 15, 2013
This comes on the heels of Murray’s mid-match retirement at the Italian Open, as he was forced to withdraw against Marcel Granollers in the second round.
It’s currently unknown when Murray will be deemed healthy, but the French Open begins play on May 26.
The 26-year-old would be competing for his second Grand Slam title, after winning his first at the 2012 U.S. Open and—most recently—narrowly losing to Novak Djokovic in the finals of the 2013 Australian Open.
However, there are only 11 days left for Murray to get fit. It seems improbable that he’ll be able to iron out both of these back and hip issues in just over a week-and-a-half.
This isn’t the first time that injury will impact his status at Roland Garros, as he exited in the first round back in 2006 due to cramping and back pain, then missed the 2007 edition with snapped tendons in his wrist.
He has never quite found success on the clay in Paris either, as Murray’s best finish came back in 2011, when he made it to the semifinals before being eliminated by the eventual winner, Rafael Nadal.
Will Murray compete at Roland Garros this year?
The Scot star finished poorly last year as well, losing to David Ferrer in the quarterfinals and suffering from back spasms. However, he quickly rebounded in the 2012 London Olympic Games, becoming the first British male to win a gold medal in singles tennis in over 100 years.
If Murray is unable to compete in the French Open, it may be a precautionary measure. He has never fared well in the tournament and could be reserving his energy and health for the Grand Slams he has a better chance at winning.