Murray admits huge French Open doubt

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Andy Murray is almost certainly out of the French Open after a reoccurence of the back problem that has marred his clay court appearances over the last couple of years. The British number one retired at one set all in his second round match with Marcel Granollers and was not confident about appearing at Roland Garros. “I pulled out because there is a good chance I wouldn’t be playing tomorrow even if I wasn’t able to,” he said. “We’ll have to wait for Paris. I’d be very surprised if I were playing in Paris.  “I’m in a bit of pain – its the same thing as in Madrid and so I need to take a few days off “It’s my lower left back. It’s the same thing as last year.” Murray is expected to confirm his absence from Roland Garros by early next week after struggling with the problem on-and-off since 2011. “I need to make plans and see what to do and I’ll speak with the physio and come up with a plan for the next few days and then make a decision on Paris after the next five days,” he said. “I’ll need to take some days off and see how it settles down but a few days can make a difference. “It had been OK but it hadn’t been perfect for a long period and obviously I wasn’t feeling good again. Clay can aggravate the problem with the ball coming through slower you take a slower pace and the ball bounces higher and there is less stability. “I’ll try and get it sorted but its been an issue for some while and so I want to make sure that its something that I can sort out and its not enjoyable to play now.” Murray lost the first set to Granollers and was 4-1 down in the second set when he had treatment. But his retirement came as a surprise after storming back into the contest and taking a second set tiebreak. Meanwhile there was another shock in store on Centrale. Murray’s travelling companion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was knocked out by rising star Jerzy Janowicz. But the hard to please Pole was still critical of his own game afterwards. “I felt OK but from the base line I didn’t play my best and the court was soft and bad bounces and faults from both players,” he admitted.

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