Andy Murray Set to Miss the Rest of 2013

Andy Murray will undergo minor surgery on his back and is likely to miss the rest of the season, it’s been announced.

The British number one’s management company, 77, confirmed he will have the procedure next week in an effort to fix the long-standing injury.
And it could mean he misses November’s end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena and the rest of 2013.

“Next week, Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a long-standing back problem,” the statement from 77 read.

“The issue flared up again during the Rome Masters this year when Andy was forced to retire and he sought advice from a range of specialists in May.

“After a successful return on the more forgiving grass courts, Andy enjoyed success at Queen’s and Wimbledon, but after recently playing on hard-courts and clay, Andy once again sought medical advice about solving the issue once and for all.

“The aim is to be fully fit for the new season.”

The Brit’s ex-Davis Cup team-mate Jamie Baker claims the break is actually needed to save him from exhaustion.

Baker said: “It is perfectly understandable for him to be a little burnt-out. Having this break now will give him the best chance of picking up more grand slams next year.”

Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a home men’s singles champion at Wimbledon earlier in the year and won two singles matches and partnered Colin Fleming to a doubles victory as Great Britain defeated Croatia 4-1 in Umag last week.

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