Murray to Have Back Surgery to Be Ready for Next Tennis Season

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will undergo minor surgery on his back, and may miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London.

Murray, the third-ranked man in the ATP tour, is trying to “clear up a long-standing back problem,” according to a e-mailed statement from 77 Group, his management company.

The 26-year-old won four titles this year, including the grass-court major at the All England Club in July. He could miss several tournaments, including Masters events in Shanghai and Paris and the ATP finals, where the top-ranked 8 men play for the title in November. Murray lost to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland last month in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, where the British player was defending the title.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

Murray quit the Rome Masters during his match with Spain’s Marcel Granollers in May.

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