Wimbledon 2017: Hip injury forces Murray out of final warm-up match

Murray in training at the All England club

In his build-up to the grass-court major, Murray lost in the first round at Queen's last week. Unlike before Paris, he is hitting the ball really well.

Murray's withdrawal from Friday's scheduled outing means he will head to Wimbledon next week after just one match on grass this year.

"I'm feeling much better right now than I was five or six weeks ago".

However, Murray was adamant the disruption would not hinder the defense of his Wimbledon crown.

"We were always chased off by the rain. But, if I play like that, I certainly won't win Wimbledon".

Murray has now dropped to 9-2 third favourite for the Championships and, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes, has had the least amount placed on him in 10 years.

Andy Murray begins the defence of his Wimbledon title against lucky loser Alexander Bublik on Monday amid injury concerns.




A practice session at the All England Club on Saturday appeared to allay some of those fears, and Murray could not have asked for a better first-round round.

"Andy's as tough as nails and I think he's going to be there on Monday".

On Tuesday the same problem led to him pulling out of facing France's Lucas Pouille, with the Scot having also suffered from shingles, the flu and an elbow injury amid his inconsistent form so far in 2017. Over the years I have entered plenty of tournaments with less than ideal preparation, you just need to accept that it will be the case sometimes and find a way.

"I enjoyed it, especially in the second set", the Serb said.

"It is nerve-racking, I get very nervous and I feel the pressure before Wimbledon every year", Murray said.

Andy Murray will go into Wimbledon admitting he will have to overcome the "brutal reality" of the physical demands at the highest level to try and navigate his way through the first week.

"When people think of tennis they think of the four players at the top of the game".

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