Injured Murray to miss Madrid event

Andy Murray has pulled out of next week's Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid with a back injury.

The world number four will hope to return to action at another Masters event in Rome the following week as he builds up to the French Open, which begins on May 27.

Murray said in a statement on the Madrid website: "It is with regret that on doctor's advice I have to withdraw from the Mutua Madrid Open with injury. I always love coming to Madrid so it is a big disappointment. I look forward to returning next year and wish everyone a great week of tennis."

Murray has shown decent form on the clay this season, reaching the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, although on both occasions he was beaten by lower-ranked players - Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic.

The 25-year-old Scot won in Madrid in 2008 when it was a hard-court tournament but has not made it past the last eight since its conversion to clay three years ago.