Tough blow for the World n°3, as British media report that Andy Murray is to undergo back surgery next week, to try and rid him of a problem he’s been suffering for the last two years, and which caused him to pull out from the French Open earlier this season.
The problems started in 2011, and got so bad at some point that the Scot had to receive injections in order to play the French Open in 2012.
This season, Murray had to withdraw from the French Open for the same problem, then came back stronger and won Wimbledon, becoming the first British man in 77 years to win it.
However, it seems like the 26-year-old could not go on much longer. Murray played three best-of-five matches on clay last weekend to help bring Great Britain back into the Davis Cup World Group, a surface that is known to give his back more problems.
The decision was, perhaps, inevitable.
The BBC reports that what ails Murray is a disc problem in his lower back, which “affects a nerve in his lower back which can send pain shooting down his hip and upper leg”.
The surgery is likely to keep Andy Murray sidelined for the rest of the season. It is assured that he will not take part in the Asian Swing. However, for the moment, he is not out of the ATP World Tour Finals, which will take place in London at the beginning of November. His participation there is, nevertheless, doubtful.
For the moment, we can only wish Andy Murray a successful surgery, and a speedy and complete recovery.