Andy Murray PULLS OUT of Wimbledon: Tennis star releases statement
ANDY MURRAY has withdrawn from Wimbledon on the eve of the championships.
The two-time Wimbledon winner has confirmed he will not play in the tournament, which starts on Monday.
He wrote on Facebook: “It is with heavy heart that I’m announcing that I’ll be withdrawing from Wimbledon this year.
“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 practising 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.”
Andy Murray had done his pre-Wimbledon press conference in the hope of playing
Murray made the announcement on his social media on Sunday.
Murray’s next competitive outing is scheduled to be Citi Open in Washington on July 28.
The Brit had battled to recover from a long-term hip injury in time for Wimbledon this summer.
He crashed out of Queen’s in the first round and managed one win at Eastbourne before losing to Kyle Edmund.
Andy Murray had hip surgery earlier this year in an attempt to alleviate the problem but he always insisted he would not play Wimbledon unless he thought he could win it.
The 31-year-old was due to play frenchman Benoit Paire on Tuesday.
Jason Jung will take his place as the lucky loser.
Murray admitted in his pre-tournament press conference that he felt strange preparing for at Wimbledon without the expectation of winning.
Andy Murray admitted he had felt odd heading into Wimbledon without the pressure of expectations
“I always want to be here competing, but it feels a little odd coming into the tournament this year," he said.
“Normally at this stage I feel really nervous, lots of pressure, and I expect a lot of myself at this time of year. I’ve always loved it, and enjoyed that in a way. It has been difficult, but enjoyable, whereas this year feels very, very different.
“I’m just pumped to be here because four weeks ago I didn’t know whether I’d be capable of competing at a level I would be happy with.”
Murray was not expected to progress too far in the tournament after a year away from the tennis court.
But his withdrawal only strengthens the chances of the big guns getting their hands on the trophy.
Roger Federer, who starts his Wimbledon campaign against Dusan Lajovic on Centre Court tomorrow, is the favourite to win a ninth Wimbledon crown.
French Open winner Rafael Nadal will hope to go deep in the championships but Marin Cilic, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev are all in the running this year.