Andy Murray has decided not to participate in the French Open this year, marking his absence from the tournament. The renowned former world No. 1, who had expressed his desire to compete at Roland-Garros one more time before retiring, has chosen to skip the event in order to focus on preparing for the grass-court season.
Murray’s withdrawal from the French Open was confirmed as his name was removed from the entry list on the Roland-Garros website. Previously, he had openly stated his intention to play at Roland-Garros “one more time” before ending his professional tennis career. However, the 36-year-old athlete has now made the decision to withdraw from this year’s tournament.
Although Murray reached the final of the French Open in 2016, where he was defeated by Novak Djokovic, his appearances in the tournament have been limited since making it to the semifinals in 2017. In fact, his sole participation since then resulted in a first-round loss to Stan Wawrinka in 2020.
In preparation for a potential successful run at the French Open, Murray had entered several clay-court tournaments, including Monte Carlo, Madrid, and the Italian Open. Unfortunately, he experienced early exits in all three events, facing first-round defeats.
While Murray did secure a victory at the Open Aix-en-Provence challenger event in early May, his subsequent performance at the Bordeaux Challenger event ended in a heavy defeat against Wawrinka. Previously, Murray had expressed his intention to play at Roland-Garros as long as his body permitted, but the recent string of results and his focus on maintaining physical condition influenced his decision to withdraw from the tournament.
In a post-match interview following his triumph over Lorenzo Sonego in the first round of the Qatar Open in February, Murray outlined his plan to undergo a clay-court training block in Europe for three to four weeks after the Miami tournament.
He aimed to acclimate his body to the clay surface and closely monitor its response, expressing a desire to rectify the straight-sets loss he suffered against Wawrinka three years prior. Murray emphasized his physical readiness and the aspiration to compete at Roland-Garros once more before concluding his playing career. The French Open is scheduled to commence on May 28.