Tennis - World no. 2 Andy Murray could be out of the French Open in Paris due to a lower back injury. Murray retired on Wednesday in his second round match at the ATP Italian Open in Rome against Spain's Marcel Granollers.
Murray had lost the first set and was down 1-4 in the second. He fought back to take the second set in a tie breaker and then retired immediately thereafter. Speaking to reporters later, Murray said he would be very surprised if he was able to play in Paris.
No official statement has been made on the same yet. This was only the second time in his career that Murray had retired during a match. The first time was in Hamburg in 2007 and was also on the same date - May 15, which incidentally is his birthday.
Murray turns 26 years old today and many wonder if him pulling out of Paris is more of a precaution for Wimbledon where he has a much better chance of winning the event. Granollers is through to the third round in Rome now, .