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.”
Lawn Tennis Association determined to show commitment to inclusion and diversity
Seven people from diverse backgrounds have been appointed to the LTA Council.
Andy Murray’s tips on how to make sure you stay injury-free when tennis resumes after lockdown
Andy Murray is back with some tips.
WATCH: Kei Nishikori reveals he wanted to be a penguin when he was young
Kei Nishikori with some quality content.
‘He will play top-level tennis again because he is that good’ – Andy Murray on Roger Federer’s return
Andy Murray on Roger Federer’s return.
Tennis Top 10
Top 10 oldest WTA singles champions: Billie Jean King top, but Venus and/or Serena Williams could pip her
A look at your oldest WTA singles title winners.
Serena Williams and her ‘mini-me’ Olympia wear matching catsuits in debut joint fashion campaign
“The adventures of Serena and Olympia continue…”
WATCH: Benoit Paire argues with umpire, spits on mark, crashes out and then Tweets ‘it’s worth it to suck’
Benoit Paire makes controversial exit.
‘Proud’ Victoria Azarenka battles through the pain to beat Elina Svitolina at Qatar Open
Victoria Azarenka gets the better of Elina Svitolina.
Stefanos Tsitsipas impresses in Rotterdam to set up Karen Khachanov clash
Stefanos Tsitsipas retained hopes of a first ATP 500 title.
Comment: Why Andy Murray needs to identify the positives in defeat against Andrey Rublev
A win against a top 10 player will kick-start Murray’s 2021.