Andy Murray will not play the Roland Garros 2023

The former world number one's priority is to be competitive on grass, one of his favorite surfaces

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Andy Murray will not play the Roland Garros 2023

Andy Murray's return to Paris slips again. After 2017, the British tennis player made a brief appearance at the Roland Garros in 2020, defeated in the first round by another Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka. The absence for two editions was supposed to end this year, but the three-time Grand Slam champion changed his mind about his programming: in fact, he forfeited the French Open.

The former world number one's priority is to be competitive on grass, one of his favorite surfaces, as well as the one on which he has collected his main successes: two Grand Slam titles and the Olympic medal in London in 2022.

Not only the Wimbledon perspective, but the poor results obtained on clay could also push Murray and his staff to make this decision. With the exception of the Challenger circuit, as far as the ATP circuit is concerned, no victory for him: defeats in the first round in Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome.

In the middle, the victory of the Challenger of Aix-en-Provence in the week that preceded the Italian Open.

Inside Arnaldi

Another Italian tennis player benefits from Andy Murray's retirement at Roland Garros: Matteo Arnaldi.

In fact, after Berrettini's forfeit, there was no spot left for him to enter the main draw. One place freed up by the Grand Slam champion. Thus, the blues in the main draw of the second Grand Slam title become six. Guide Jannik Sinner, number one in Italy and number one blue in Paris.

The two Lorenzos will follow: Musetti will be among the top seeds in the Grand Slam tournament; while Sonego will start from the first round. There is also Marco Cecchinato, who achieved his best result in Paris, namely the semifinal in 2018.

Fabio Fognini and Matteo Arnaldi close, who should have faced the qualifiers, but who entered the main draw thanks to the forfeits of other players. For the other Italians, on the other hand, the mandatory passage from the qualifying table is envisaged: so some of the blues present, who are sixteen, could get a place in the main draw.

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