Andy Murray out of Wimbledon as five sets are ‘a bit too much too soon’

Andy Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon as he feels it is a bit too risky to play in five-set matches at this stage.

After 11 months on the sidelines due to a hip problem, the two-time winner at the All England Club made his return to tennis a fortnight ago at the Queen’s Club Championship.

He lost in three sets in the first round against Nick Kyrgios, but fared better at Eastbourne this week as he reached the second round before going down against Kyle Edmund.

Although he initially indicated that he would compete at SW19 this year, Murray confirmed his withdrawal on the eve of the tournament on Sunday.

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

“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.”