Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Andy Murray Has A Hip Issue Ahead Of His Wimbledon Title Defense

Lance Thomas | 02 July, 2017, 01:05

The world number one Andy Murray has raised fresh injury concerns ahead of Wimbledon by withdrawing from his exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club.

The defending champion pulled out of a planned warm-up match at London's Hurlingham Club due to a hip problem this week.

Asked if he was ready to play on Monday afternoon - he will face world No.134 Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in his opening match - Murray said: "I hope so, that's the plan". "It's great when everyone gets together". Professional athletes are very familiar with pain on a daily basis, whether it's a small stiffness, tightness, soreness, or something even bigger. It's interesting to see the highlights, how they're finishing the ball, but when they're rallying for, like, 45 shots, you're sitting there and you're feeling: 'Can I quit tennis please?' There are times when you try to do it without the tablets.

Previous year he was stronger.

However, his team are keen to play down prospects that Murray will pull out of Wimbledon. I'd never cried after matches. The pair, who won the Australian Open and the US Open a year ago, are now looking ahead to Wimbledon, where they reached the quarter-finals in 2016. We are humans, we have to deal with those things. "We are strong. It's a strong, strong community". But the world No1 has an altogether different challenge waiting across the net from him on Centre Court.

"But he's a champion".

"There are more demands on your time than other times of the year, but I do feel like the pressure and the spotlight also makes me concentrate more". If anything, the scoreline of his 7-6, 6-2 defeat flattered him.

Djokovic, who took a wild card into the tournament, is the second-highest ranked men's player ever to compete at Eastbourne behind then-No. She said: "I would say so".

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