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Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon on eve of 2018 championship

The two-time winner says the tournament has come too soon in his comeback from a hip injury.

Murray was due to get his Wimbledon campaign underway on Tuesday.
Murray was due to get his Wimbledon campaign underway on Tuesday.
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Updated Jul 1st 2018, 4:30 PM

THE HIP INJURY which has seen Andy Murray play just three matches in the last year has forced the former world number one to pull out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament.

Murray made his return to action at Queen’s and Eastbourne over the last few weeks following surgery in January, but has this afternoon announced with a ‘heavy heart’ that the 2018 championships at SW19 has come too soon in his recovery process.

The 2013 and 2016 men’s singles champion had been encouraged by his improving performances and having practiced at Wimbledon over the weekend, was due to face France’s Benoit Paire in the first round on Tuesday.

However, in a statement Murray said he is still experiencing discomfort and will now focus on getting himself fully fit for the US hardcourt season.

“It is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that I’ll be withdrawing from Wimbledon this year,” he said.

“I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last ten days, but after lengthy discussions with my team, we’ve decided that playing best of five set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process. We did everything we could to try to be ready in time.

“I will start practicing on the hard courts from tomorrow and continuing with my rehab and recovery and I’m looking forward to the US hardcourt season.

“Thanks for all the messages of support and I’m excited to finally be back playing after so long out.”

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