According to reports in the British media, Andy Murray, the three-time Grand Slam singles champion, has pulled out of the French Open, scheduled to begin on May 22. He has taken this decision to prioritise the upcoming grass-court season, including Wimbledon happening in over a month’s time.
Recently, the British tennis player won the Aix-en-Provence Challenger event in France in the ongoing clay-court season. He defeated Tommy Paul, the world number 17 player from the USA in three sets to clinch his first singles title in four years and first clay-court title since 2016.
But overall, the former world number one tennis player has struggled on clay this season. He has had early exits from ATP events in Rome, Madrid, Monte Carlo, and Bordeaux, the last one inflicted by his long-standing nemesis Stanislas Wawrinka.
Earlier in this month, the former French Open finalist from 2016, talked to Guardian about not being sure of playing at Roland Garros. He was quoted as saying, “It's just what the right thing is to prioritise at this stage in my career. I trust my body now but I'm aware that my best chance of having a deep run is more likely to happen at Wimbledon.”
Since losing the French Open title to Novak Djokovic seven years ago, Andy Murray has made only two appearances in the tournament.
Meanwhile, the grass-court season in Britain will begin on June 4 with the Surbiton Trophy. As of right now, Murray is set to appear at the Queen’s Club Championships, which will start from June 19. Furthermore, Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tennis event of the year, will be played from July 3 to July 16 at SW19 in London.