Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will have surgery on a back problem on Monday which is set to rule him out for the rest of the season.
Murray is often seen clutching his back during matches and it is an injury that has plagued him for nearly two years, and he is to have exploratory surgery next week to find the root of the problem.
The surgery means he is likely to miss the upcoming World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in November - something that will come as a huge disappointment to those who have already bought tickets to the event hoping to see the Brit in action.
He is also set to miss the Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters tournaments as he bids to be fully fit for the Australian Open in the new year.
The injury flared up earlier this year, forcing him out of the French Open, and there were signs of discomfort throughout his bid to retain his US Open crown, which ended abruptly after a quarter-final defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka.
Murray also admitted he was in pain after his recent win over youngster Borna Coric in the Davis Cup clash with Croatia, and it seems he has made the right decision in order to prepare for next season, where he will not only bid for Slam glory Down Under but he will also hope to be in perfect condition when Britain face the United States in February.
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