Members of the British press report that Andy Murray has pulled out of three upcoming tournaments in Asia to have minor back surgery.
The Wimbledon champion was scheduled to play in Thailand next week, then in Tokyo and at the Shanghai Masters. Murray was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the 2012 Shanghai Masters; he reached the Tokyo semifinals last year.
The Daily Mail’s Mike Dickson tweeted that the British No. 1 might miss the rest of the season:
Andy Murray out of Asia tournaments, maybe the season, in order to have 'minor' back surgery.— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) September 19, 2013
Murray, who pulled out of Roland Garros in May with a back injury, has been suffering from back problems for the past few years.
The Scot, who swept two singles matches and partnered with Colin Fleming to win doubles in Great Britain's Davis Cup victory over Croatia last weekend, has not won a tournament since Wimbledon. The 2012 U.S. Open champion lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in the U.S. Open quarterfinals earlier this month.
The British tennis journalist Simon Cambers, who follows Murray closely, tweeted that the world No. 3 hopes to be fit for the Australian Open:
Seeing as the embargo's been broken on Andy Murray's back surgery, worth saying that he hopes to have full winter training block, fit for Oz— Simon Cambers (@scambers73) September 19, 2013