Murray to have surgery,set to miss rest of year

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is to undergo minor back surgery with the aim of being fully fit for the new season,his management team said.

Written by Reuters | London | Published: September 21, 2013 4:14 am

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is to undergo minor back surgery with the aim of being fully fit for the new season,his management team said.

The 26-year-old missed this year’s French Open due to a back injury but recovered to become the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years. He failed to retain his U.S. Open title this month after losing in the quarter-finals to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. Murray,the world number three,has qualified for the season-ending World Tour finals in London in November but now looks certain to miss the tournament. Murray has continued to suffer from a disc problem in his lower back for the last two years,making him vulnerable to a nerve twinge that sent shocks down his hip and upper leg.

A statement from his management company read: “Next week Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a long-standing back problem. The issue flared up again during the Rome Masters and he sought advice from a range of specialists in May.

“Andy enjoyed success at Queen’s and Wimbledon,but after playing on hard-courts and clay,Andy once again sought medical advice about solving the issue once and for all,” the statement said.

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