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Murray withdraws from French Open

5:50 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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(Sports Network) - World No. 2 Andy Murray will not participate in the upcoming French Open due to a back injury.

The 2012 U.S. Open champion and London Olympic gold medalist confirmed the news Tuesday on his personal website.

"It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete," Murray said in a statement. "Apologies to the organizers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible."

Murray was forced to retire from his most recent match, which took place against Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the second round of the Italian Open this past Wednesday, because of back problems.

The 26-year-old Scottish star had reached the finals in each of the past three Grand Slam events. Murray fell to Roger Federer at Wimbledon before downing World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open for his first-ever major title. He was beaten by Djokovic in four sets in the championship match at the Australian Open back in January.

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