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Murray set for back surgery


 

Originally published on: 20/09/13 00:00

The Wimbledon champion, who inspired Great Britain to victory over Croatia in the Davis Cup World Group play-off at the weekend, announced on Thursday that he will miss Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai in order to treat his troublesome back.

The British No.1 has struggled with back pain for some time and the injury forced him to withdraw from this year’s Roland Garros when it flared up during the clay-court swing.

A statement released by Murray’s management team said: “Next week Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a long-standing back problem.

“The problem 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.’

The world No.3 is unlikely to play again this year with his focus on returning to competitive action in the new year.

After the announcement the two-time Grand Slam champion tweeted: “Thanks so much for all the nice messages today… Having operation on monday.. Will let everyone know how it goes.. Ill be "back" stronger.”

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