Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open after seeking medical advice on his back injury.
The second-ranked Briton was forced to pull out of the Italian Open during his second-round match against Marcel Granollers of Spain last Wednesday because of a lower back complaint.
The U.S. Open champion met with specialists this week and has opted to now focus on preparing for the start of the grass-court season and Wimbledon next month.
"It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete," Murray said in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports. "Apologies to the organizers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible."
The French Open starts Sunday.
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