Andy Murray battling illness ahead of French Open

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Andy Murray battling illness ahead of French Open

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Andy Murray is reportedly unwell ahead of the French Open, the main draw of which starts on Sunday. The Briton world No 1 has been struggling with various ailments since the start of the year which has affected his run at major events. Murray was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the last French Open.

The 30-year-old Murray is racing against time to get fit for the year's second Grand Slam. He had missed the Davis Cup quarterfinals in March after catching a flu and lost the month of February to shingles. Murray was hoping to gain some momentum in Paris before going into Wimbledon in July.

The Brit finished last season as No 1 after going undefeated in 28 straight matches. Djokovic, whom he toppled as No 1, snapped the streak in the Qatar Open final in January and the Briton was shocked by world No 50 Mischa Zverev in the last 16 at the Australian Open

However, Murray bounced back with a title in Dubai after missing all the action in February but his celebrations were cut short when he was eliminated in the second round at Indian Wells by Vadek Pospisil.

The two-time Wimbledon champion later pulled out of the Miami Open before missing out on the Davis Cup and continued to disappoint in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome.

Murray was recently seen practising in Italy, where it was noticed that he was tiring quickly and it would be an uphill battle for him at the French Open which is considered to be physically the most challenging of all majors.

Did you know, No male player has been ranked No.1 for as long as Federer; the Swiss has spent a cumulative total of 302 weeks at the summit.

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