Andy Murray retired from his second-round match with Spanish opponent Marcel Granollers in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday with lower back pain and listed himself as doubtful for the French Open.
Murray, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, walked off the court after winning the second set.
''I have an issue with my lower back,'' Murray said. ''It's been an issue for a while.''
Murray took a long injury break early in the second set, getting his left thigh and lower back massaged.
Granollers won the first set 6-3 and Murray won the second 7-6 (5).
This tournament is a key warm-up for the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam, which starts on May 26.
''I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris,'' Murray said. ''I need to make a plan as to what I do. I'll chat with the guys tonight and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days.
''I want to make sure it goes away,'' Murray added. ''It's been a probl...