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Andy Murray decides to skip French Open and focus on preparing for the grass-court season

Andy Murray has abandoned his plans to play on clay this spring and will instead focus on the forthcoming grass court season.

The double Wimbledon champion’s 34th birthday celebrations on Saturday were perhaps muted by having to return home after his two doubles matches at the Italian Open.

Murray intended to seek a wildcard into one of this week’s ATP Tour events, in Geneva or Lyon. 

Andy Murray's doubles return at the Italian Open was his first match since March

Andy Murray's doubles return at the Italian Open was his first match since March

Andy Murray’s doubles return at the Italian Open was his first match since March

As it turned out, according to sources close to the player, he suffered discomfort after playing alongside Liam Broady and practising with Novak Djokovic in Rome.

Having been told by the French Open that he needed to show evidence of being properly fit before they would give him a wildcard into the main draw, he decided to cut his losses.

Having last played a singles match in early March, the most likely place for him to come back now is the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, which will be played during the second week of Roland Garros, from June 8.

Murray has abandoned his plans to play on clay after feeling discomfort on his comeback

Murray has abandoned his plans to play on clay after feeling discomfort on his comeback

Murray has abandoned his plans to play on clay after feeling discomfort on his comeback