Andy Murray insists he has no regrets over Italian Open withdrawal

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Andy Murray insists he has no regrets about pulling out of the Italian Open earlier this month after his next French Open opponent Jeremy Chardy revealed he was irritated by the Scot’s decision to withdraw.

Murray beat Chardy in the Rome second round two weeks ago but, after reaching consecutive finals in Munich and Madrid, the Scot decided to ditch the tournament to conserve energy for Roland Garros.

Chardy, who faces Murray again in the French Open last 16, admitted he had been a “little bit p*****” by the Scot’s withdrawal, adding “if you want to win a grand slam, everybody is tired”.

The comments add spice to the pair’s reunion today but Murray is adamant his decision to pull out in Rome was the correct one.

“At the time it certainly felt like it was,” Murray said.

“I was extremely tired. I obviously wanted to try to compete as best I could that week but the more time I spent in the event, I realised I felt very tired.

“The evening that I played the match against Chardy, I woke up the next day feeling pretty tired.

“I had a bad practice before my match with (his next opponent) David Goffin and it was like, maybe I would have been able to get through a couple more matches but I would have to then take more time off and the French Open starts on Sunday. It was a tough decision, but at the time it felt like the right one.”