Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open to focus on the grass-court season leading up to Wimbledon.
Since 2017, Murray, 36, has competed only once at Roland Garros. Despite winning the clay-court Challenger tournament in Aix-en-Provence in May, the three-time Grand Slam winner has had difficulty maintaining consistency on the court.
From May 28 to June 11, the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, is set to be held. Murray suffered a defeat to longtime rival Stan Wawrinka earlier this week in Bordeaux, and he also withdrew early from the ATP Tour tournaments in Rome, Madrid, and Monte Carlo.
The Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club, which runs from June 19 to 25, will feature Murray as a participant, while The Surbiton Trophy, which runs earlier from June 4–11, will mark the start of the British grass-court season.
After undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery in 2019, the Scot fell to position 503 in the men’s rankings, but he has since battled his way back up to position 42.
He played for eleven and a half hours in the Australian Open in January, defeating Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis, before losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.
Murray has withdrawn from Roland Garros along with Rafael Nadal, a 14-time winner, as well as Berrettini of Italy and Nick Kyrgios of Australia.