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“I’d like to get the opportunity to play Roland-Garros one more time before I stop playing” – Andy Murray
The Brit has played at the French Open only once in the last five years
Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has said that he would like to play the French Open this year. The 35-year-old has played at Roland-Garros only once in the last five years and has preferred to skip the clay court Grand Slam due to his physical issues in recent years.
Murray has had a good start to 2023, reaching the third round of the Australian Open after back-to-back five-set matches. With his body getting stronger, the Brit says he plans to play in Madrid, Rome and Paris during the clay court schedule.
“My plan just now is to play in Rome and Madrid and hopefully the French Open, providing my body is good,” Murray said in Doha after saving three match points to beat Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
“I’ll do a training block after Miami on the clay. I’m going to do that in Europe somewhere for a few weeks, three or four weeks. I’ll train, try and get my body used to the clay courts and to monitor how my body is feeling. If it feels good, I’ll play Rome, Madrid, and like I say, hopefully the French Open, because the last — I don’t know how many times I have played it in the last five or six years, but when I have, I physically was not good the year I played against Wawrinka, and I can’t remember too many other times I have played it in the last five or six years.
“So, I’d like to get the opportunity to play it one more time before I stop playing. Whilst I feel physically really good, I would like to play there again.”
Murray plays Alexander Zverev in the second round in Doha on Thursday, with the Brit leading 2-1 in their head-to-head.