Andy Murray withdraws from French Open to focus on grass-court season

Andy Murray has withdrawn from this year's French Open to prioritise the grass-court season.

The former Wimbledon champion, 36, has struggled to find his best form in recent weeks, making early exits in all main clay-court events of the season.

Murray has only played at Roland Garros once since 2017 and has never won the tournament - although he reached the final in 2016.

The French Open starts next week, with 14-time champion Rafael Nadal also announcing days ago that he was pulling out.

Murray is still considering which grass-court tournaments to target, the PA news agency said.

They may include Surbiton, which runs 4-11 June, and then Queen's from 19-25 June.

Wimbledon is scheduled to start on July 3.

Murray has been trying to revive his career after major hip surgery in 2018.

Read more on Sky News:
How Olympic sprinter's career unravelled after shock drugs arrest
Manchester City crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball

He won his first title in nearly four years, beating Tommy Paul in the final of the ATP Challenger event in Aix-en-Provence earlier this month.

But he was beaten in the first round at clay-court events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.

This week made another early exit on clay after losing to Stan Wawrinka at an ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux.