Tennis: Murray to undergo back surgery, faces season end

Tennis: Murray to undergo back surgery, faces season end

LONDON - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is unlikely to play again this season after pulling out of next week's Thailand Open to undergo minor back surgery.

Murray has been bothered by a disc problem in his lower back for much of this year and he opted to skip the French Open to rest the injury before he went on to claim a maiden Wimbledon title.

The 26-year-old responded to a flood of well-wishing messages on Twitter by tweeting his thanks for the support.

"Thanks so much for all the nice messages today. Having operation on Monday. Will let everyone know how it goes. I'll be "back" stronger," he wrote.

His representatives earlier Thursday confirmed the world number three would go under the knife.

"Next week, Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a long-standing back problem," a statement from 77, Murray's management company, read.

"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.

"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.

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