Former World number one Andy Murray has said that he will play in the French Open next month despite early exits on clay in Paris. Murray lost to Italian Andrea Vavvasori 6-2, 6-3 in straight sets in the first round of the Madrid Open on Thursday, April 27. The 35-year-old reached the Roland Garros final in 2016 where he lost to Novak Djokovic. There were reports of Murray missing the French Open for his preparation at the Wimbledon.
Murray said after his loss, “I would like to play, just purely because I don’t know if I’ll get another opportunity to play again. I also have ambitions of competing for Wimbledon titles and that sort of stuff, and I know that sitting here today that probably doesn’t sound realistic, but I do believe that that’s a possibility. I obviously want to do the right thing there."
The British international, who has had his share of injuries said he wanted to continue playing as long he is fit. He admitted that he is not in his best form and that he made some mistakes in his match against Vavvasori but he saw some positive signs. Murray has had a rough few tournaments as he was out in the first round at Monte Carlo Masters and the Miami Open.
The British star lost against Dusan Lajovic in the Miami Open and Alex De Minaur in the Monte Carlo Masters. After Madrid, Murray will go to Bordeaux for a clay Challenger tournament - which is taking place between May 14-20.