Unlike Rafael Nadal, former Roland Garros finalist skips entire clay season

Three-time Major winner and former Roland Garros finalist Andy Murray will not compete on clay this spring. World no. 102 revealed his decision ahead of the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam, where he received a wild card to enter the main draw.

Andy feels good physically after numerous issues in the last half a decade, and he does not want to take any risk ahead of Wimbledon. The Briton played in the Roland Garros final in 2016, losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets and returning into the semis a year later.

That was Andy’s last clay-court tournament until Roland Garros 2020, staying away from the slowest surface and making no plans to compete on it this year. Murray has won 107 ATP matches on clay and claimed three titles, including Madrid and Rome Masters 1000 events in 2015 and 2016.

In the next couple of weeks, Murray will work with Dani Vallverdu, who will reunite with Stan Wawrinka once the Swiss recovers. The Briton also seeks a long-term coach, although he admits it’s not easy to find him.

Andy Murray will not play on clay in 2022.

« Right now, I’m not planning to compete on clay this spring.

This surface has made my physical issues even worse in the last couple of years, and I do not want to take any risks while feeling good and healthy at the moment. It’s not that I would not potentially play on clay in the future.

Last year I almost missed Wimbledon, and I do not want to play on clay ahead of it. I will try to compete a bit during that period; I will not stay away from tennis in those months. I had a busy end of last year, and I will not risk anything in the next couple of months and get a good build-up to the grass season.

Stan Wawrinka has been rehabbing for quite a long time and will hopefully come back. In the meanwhile, Dani Vallverdu will work with me for a few weeks over the next month or so. That’s great for me in the short term, as I’m still trying to find a longer-term solution.

I would love to find stability with the new coach and will seek for the best person in the upcoming weeks, » Andy Murray said.

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