Andy Murray pulls out of tournaments as he considers surgery
Murray faces decision over operation which could either end or prolong his career.
Andy Murray is yet to make a final decision on whether to have hip surgery but has pulled out of his next three scheduled tournaments.
The former world number one headed home from Melbourne earlier this week, following his emotional first-round defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open.
He is now weighing up whether to have a resurfacing operation that could extend his career or end it completely.
Even if Murray does not have the operation, he has stated he would spend the time getting ready for a farewell appearance at Wimbledon, so it was no surprise to see a statement from the Open 13 in Marseille announcing Murray's withdrawal.
He will also miss tournaments he had committed to in Dubai and Montpellier but Murray's management insisted he has not made a final decision about surgery.
The 31-year-old strongly hinted ahead of his departure from Melbourne that he would have the operation, and was encouraged to do so by American doubles great Bob Bryan, who is playing at the Australian Open five months after undergoing the same procedure.
In a statement on the Marseille tournament website, Murray said: "It's tough but I don't have a choice, I was very keen on returning to Marseille where I won the tournament in 2008.
"The title, one of the first of my career, remains a great memory."