Tennis-Murray to skip clay-court season to guard health

(Reuters) – Former world primary Andy Murray mentioned on Sunday that he intends to skip the French Open and remainder of the clay-court season with a view to stop harm and delay his profession following a number of hip surgical procedures.

The 34-year-old Murray, who crashed out https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/murray-mauled-by-daniel-melbourne-second-round-2022-01-20 within the second spherical of the Australian Open, can be in motion on the ATP 500 occasion in Rotterdam beginning Monday after accepting https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/medvedev-sinner-withdraw-rotterdam-murray-given-wildcard-2022-02-03 a wildcard to enter the principle draw.

“The previous couple of years, the clay has made points worse,” the three-times main winner advised reporters forward of his first-round match in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.

“Final yr I had some points in the beginning of the yr, the clay did not assist, so I’ve spoken to my staff about that and this yr whereas I really feel good and wholesome, I do not wish to take that danger.”

Murray, who made the ultimate at Roland Garros in 2016, added that he may return to the floor sooner or later.

“It isn’t that I would not doubtlessly play on clay sooner or later, final yr I virtually missed Wimbledon, was near not enjoying the grass season, I am not planning on enjoying the clay, I’ll nonetheless attempt to compete a bit throughout that interval,” mentioned the Briton.

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Chopra)