Andy Murray 'will prioritise Wimbledon over French Open'

Andy Murray will prioritise being fit for Wimbledon over the French Open, his mother, Judy, has told BBC Sport.

The 26-year-old Scot retired from his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday with a back injury, putting both his French Open and Wimbledon participation in doubt.

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He needs to be cautious and I'm sure Wimbledon will be his priority

Judy Murray

Murray will have a scan on Thursday but has said he would be "very surprised" if he makes the French Open on 26 May.

"Obviously the goal is to be in peak condition for Wimbledon," said Judy.

Of the injury, she said: "It's something to do with his back but the scan will let him see what the injury is and what needs to be done.

"Often you pick up niggles when you change surfaces. Each surface brings its own problems and challenges. This back issue has been rumbling for a week or so.

"It's not so easy on the clay. There is a lot more twisting and turning. He needs to be cautious and I'm sure Wimbledon will be his priority."

Did you know?

  • Murray's only previous mid-match retirement came on his 20th birthday, when he snapped a tendon in his wrist at the 2007 Hamburg Masters.
  • That injury kept him out of the French Open and Wimbledon

Murray, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's Wimbledon men's singles final, looked troubled throughout his match against Marcel Granollers on his 26th birthday, and withdrew after winning a tie-break to level the match at one set all.

The world number two struggled with a lower-back problem throughout the clay season last year.

During one match against Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open, former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade accused the British number one of being a "drama queen".

"Until Madrid it had been OK but it's not been perfect for a long period," Murray said on Wednesday. "You always go into matches with little niggles and such, but it's frustrating when for a long period you're hurting.

"It's been an issue for a while now and I want to make sure it goes away. It's not enjoyable when you're playing in pain."

Wimbledon starts at the All England Club on 24 June, little more than a fortnight after the French Open final in Paris.