There are a lot of question marks over Andy Murray’s fitness heading into the French Open. The Scot made an encouraging return to action this week. Murray paired up with Liam Broady in doubles, losing in the second round.
While Murray has entered the qualifying rounds for the French Open, he has not had any singles action to prove his fitness. The 34-year-old had travelled to Rome in order to train with top players. His doubles return at the Italian Open was his first match since March. But after rejecting a wildcard for the Geneva tournament next week, the Scots clay-court season is clouded in uncertainty.
There is no doubt that Murray’s priority will be Wimbledon. With no matches under his belt, the decision to turn down Geneva leaves the timetable of Murray’s return in doubt.
Geneva, where Roger Federer will return to action this week, said Murray had turned down an invite at the last minute because of fitness concerns. They gave their last wildcard to world No 518 Arthur Cazaux, a teenage Frenchman.
Currently ranked 123 in the world, he can only make it to the Roland Garros qualifying draw. And after rejecting Geneva, it is doubtful that the Roland Garros organizers would grant him a wildcard.
Will Andy Murray play at the French Open?
While the 2016 finalist has entered the qualifying draw, his fitness concerns are a major issue. And with Wimbledon starting on 28 June, he will not jeopardize his chances of playing on the center court of Wimbledon.
But Murray has played only three ATP Tour-level events this year after missing the Australian Open with COVID-19 and then suffering a groin problem in March. So as things stand, Murray’s clay-court season seems to have come to a premature end.
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