Andy Murray has pulled out of the French Open to focus on the grasscourt season after suffering an adverse reaction to playing on clay last week.
The Scot, who turned 34 yesterday, went to the Rome Masters to get top-class hitting practice with stars like Novak Djokovic to get ready for the second Grand Slam of the year.
He then got into the men’s doubles event at the Foro Italico and played two matches with Liam Broady.
But the double Olympic champion then felt “a bit of discomfort” and decided to turn down a wildcard to play singles in next week’s Geneva Open.
Murray had wanted to win matches to prove his fitness and earn a wildcard for the French Open which starts on May 30.
He was given an invite last year but was thrashed in the first round by Stan Wawrinka.
Now the world No 123 has decided to head home to concentrate on the grass with his next scheduled event the cinch Championships at Queen’s Club starting on June 14.
The news is another blow to Murray who has played only three ATP Tour-level events this year. He missed the Australian Open in February after contracting Covid-19 and then pulled out of the Miami Masters with a groin problem.