Murray to have back surgery, may miss season

ED OSMOND
Last updated 05:20 20/09/2013
Andy Murray
Getty Images
BACKING OUT: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is set to have back surgery, which could keep him out for the rest of the season.

Relevant offers

Tennis

New Zealand doubles star Michael Venus shines in France Roger Federer sidelined from tennis after undergoing knee surgery Rafael Nadal still the claycourt benchmark, Novak Djokovic says French Open stands in Djokovic's path to holding all four grand slams at once European bookmaker kept tennis 'blacklist' of 350 players - report Novak Djokovic keeps winning Australian Opens and Andy Murray keeps losing them Novak Djokovic fans go crazy for baby video as he watches Australian Open win Emotional Murray chokes up in speech after Australian Open finals loss Novak Djokovic's domination total as he wins sixth Australian Open title Novak Djokovic wins sixth Australian Open crown after beating Andy Murray in final

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is to undergo minor back surgery with the aim of being fully fit for the new season, his management team said in a statement on Thursday.

The 26-year-old missed this year's French Open due to a back injury but recovered to become the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years.

He failed to retain his US Open title this month after losing in the quarter-finals to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

Murray, the world number three, has qualified for the season-ending World Tour finals in London in November but now looks certain to miss the tournament.

A statement from his management company reported by British media read: "Next week Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a long-standing back problem.

"The issue flared up again during the Rome Masters this year when Andy was forced to retire and he sought advice from a range of specialists in May.

"After a successful return on the more forgiving grass courts, Andy enjoyed success at Queen's and Wimbledon, but after recently playing on hard-courts and clay, Andy once again sought medical advice about solving the issue once and for all.

"The aim is to be fully fit for the new season."

Murray said on his Facebook page: "Thanks so much for all the nice messages today... Having operation on monday.. Will let everyone know how it goes.. Ill be 'back' stronger."

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content