Tennis: Injury absence will benefit me at Wimbledon, says Andy Murray

LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis world No. 2 Andy Murray is hoping his Wimbledon title chances will benefit from his enforced absence from the French Open in Paris.

The Briton ended a sequence of three successive Grand Slam final appearances when he pulled out of the clay-court event at Roland Garros because of a back injury.

Asked if missing the French Open would improve his hopes at Wimbledon later this month, Murray replied: "I hope so - that's the sort of attitude you need to take.

"After the French Open last year I took five or six days off, and when I started practising again, I felt really comfortable on the grass straight away. That isn't normally the case.

"Grass takes time to get used to. I've been on it for 10 days or so now and that's probably a week longer than I would have had if I'd been at the French."

Last year Murray became the first British male in 74 years to reach the Wimbledon men's singles final, but was beaten by Roger Federer.

Roland Garros was the first Grand Slam tournament Murray had missed since Wimbledon in 2007, when he had a wrist injury.