By Chris Oddo/ Thursday, September 19, 2013
Andy Murray will most likely miss the rest of 2013 to undergo a minor procedure to repair an ailing disc in his back, reports the BBC. The 26-year-old two-time Grand Slam champion has a disc problem in his lower back, which forced him out of this year's French Open. The surgery puts the remainder of 2013 in jeopardy, with only slim hopes of attending the prestigious Barclays World Tour Finals in early November intact. (Murray became the third player to qualify for the event behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic).
World No. 3 Andy Murray will undergo back surgery that will likely force him to miss the rest of 2013.
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Murray showed some signs of pain during this year's U.S. Open, but ultimately didn't make the decision to have the surgery until after the back bothered him during Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia last weekend. The tie was played on clay, and Murray has historically had difficulty with his back on the surface. He took a shot for back pain during the 2012 French Open and had to withdraw from this year's Rome Masters event midway through a match due to a flare up, before eventually pulling out of Roland Garros on doctor's advice.
"Next week Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a longstanding back problem," a statement from Murray's camp read. "He will definitely miss tournaments in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai. The issue flared up during the Italian Open this year when Andy was forced to retire and he sought advice from a range of specialists. 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 was scheduled to play Bangkok, Shanghai, Paris and the World Tour Finals this fall. All reports indicate that he hopes to be 100 percent recovered for the Australian swing in early 2014.