from The London Evening Standard
Murray will miss remainder of season including the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London
Stefan Edberg approves Andy Murray's decision to take a break from the game and undergo back surgey and reveals that he himself had a knee surgery ten days ago
Stefan Edberg, who battled back problems throughout tennis career that brought him six Grand Slam titles, believes Andy Murray is right to opt for back surgery that will side-line him for the rest of the year.
Murray’s has been hampered by his back problems all season and if forced me to miss the French Open although he recovered to win Wimbledon - his second Grand Slam title following the 2012 US Open triumph.
However, the back issue has refused to go away forcing Murray to have a minor operation on Monday that will mean his misses the Shaghai and Paris Masters events and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London in November.
Edberg, who has just undergone a knee operation, said: ”I had a lot of problems with my lower back in my career and although I learned some exercises and treatment to keep it under control, it flared up from time to time.
“I was forced to retire and withdraw from a couple of matches because of it, including the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Thomas Muster. I didn't have to have a surgery - I had some scans which revealed that there was some damage but not enough to undergo surgery - that is not a decision you take lightly because it means you will be out of the sport for a while - it can take a lot of time to recover.