Andy Murray to have surgery for back problems

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will have surgery on a

long-standing back problem and miss the rest of the season.

”The aim is to be fully fit for the new season,” said a

statement released by Murray’s management company on Thursday.

The third-ranked Murray will miss the season-ending ATP World

Tour Finals in London on Nov. 4-11, along with the Masters events

in Shanghai and Paris in October. There are 13 tournaments left on

this year’s schedule.

Murray has had problems with his back before this year, but the

injury flared up at the Rome Masters in May, forcing him to pull

out of the French Open that month.

He returned to win grass-court titles at the Queen’s Club and

Wimbledon, where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final to become

Britain’s first male singles champion at the All England Club in 77

years.

”But after recently playing on hard courts and clay, Andy once

again sought medical advice about solving the issue once and for

all,” the statement said.

Defending champion Murray lost in straight sets in the

quarterfinals of the U.S. Open two weeks ago.

The Scot played in Britain’s Davis Cup match against Croatia

last week, when he won two singles to help the team return to the

world group.