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Murray Withdraws From Roland Garros

Paris, France

Murray© Getty ImagesGreat Britain's Andy Murray will sit out a major for the first time since 2007.

World No. 2 Andy Murray will miss a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in six years, announcing his withdrawal from Roland Garros due to a back injury.

Murray was looking to reach the final for a fourth straight major, following his triumph at the US Open and runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

"It's been a really tough decision, and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice I'm not fit to compete," he said in a statement Tuesday. "Apologies to the organisers 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 British No. 1 reaggravated a lower back injury during his second-round match last Wednesday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and retired after winning the second set.

Since turning pro in 2005, the 26-year-old Murray has sat out just two Grand Slam tournaments, 2007 Roland Garros and Wimbledon, due to a wrist injury. 

He achieved his best Roland Garros finish in 2011, when he reached the semi-finals before falling to Rafael Nadal. He reached the quarter-finals last year (l. to Ferrer).

With his withdrawal, 2009 champion Roger Federer and seven-time champion Nadal will respectively be seeded second and third in Paris. Novak Djokovic, the runner-up in 2012, will be the top seed.

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