Rome - Britain's world number three Andy Murray announced his withdrawal
from the Rome Masters on Thursday, citing fatigue following his unbeaten
start to the clay-court season.
Murray's decision to participate
in the week-long event in the Italian capital came late, following his
sensational triumph over claycourt king Rafael Nadal in Madrid last
But the Scot's exertions in recent weeks have left him
feeling "stiff and sore". After consultation with his coach, Amelie
Mauresmo, following practice on Thursday morning, Murray said he would
take time off the courts completely for several days in a bid to
"I'm going to take a few days' rest, not go on the
court," said Murray, who added that he had a practice session in the
morning before realising he had little to offer.
"I did a proper
practice this morning for a full 40 minutes, and I was just flat. My
body's tired ... it's acceptable to feel like that."
beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets on Wednesday, pulled out
of Rome prior to his scheduled third round match against Belgian David
He added: "We had a proper conversation, weighing up all
the pros and cons, but I'm very tired just now and need to take a
Murray said he had no injury worries but that his decision was a precaution with the French Open looming.
no long term injuries to worry about. Things are a little bit stiff and
sore because of the amount of matches I've played," he added.
wasn't just about today's match. It was about the rest of the
tournament... and further down the line the possibility of getting sick
and missing five, six or seven days."