World number three Andy Murray (Player Profile) is to undergo what has been described as ‘minor surgery’ in order to try and rectify a lingering back problem. The Scot has mentioned the back complaint at different stages of the season and referred to it as something which he has needed to manage, but it would seem that he and his management have decided to take more decisive action now that the US Open and Davis Cup world group play offs are over and done with.
The back issue is believed to be disc related, and first flared up at the Italian Open earlier in the year forcing him to retire, and was also the same complaint that forced Murray to withdraw from the French Open prior to his historic Wimbledon success. The world number three has sought medical advice about the issue intermittently throughout the season, and was accompanied throughout his Flushing Meadows campaign by specialist physio but it would seem that the advice know has been for him to get the issue sorted once and for all.
In the statement which announced this surgery, Murray’s management team made it clear that the Scot would miss the next three tournaments at which he was scheduled play; those in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai. It also claimed that he still planned to undergo his regular post-season ‘boot camp’ in Miami but did not make mention of the ATP Tour Finals event which occurs at the O2 Arena between those tournaments and the boot camp.
Murray’s impressive year has seen him already secure his place at this season closing showpiece, but his home fans must know be holding their breath as to whether their man will actually be able to appear in London in November. The tournament organisers must also be biting their nails as to whether the home favourite will boost their ticket sales, but one silver lining for them will be that if Murray does withdraw then Roger Federer will almost certainly be able to qualify, which is not looking like a given at the moment.