By Ros Satar, in Wimbledon

  • Andy Murray withdraws from Wimbledon
  • Focus will be on continuing rehab to be ready for the hard-court season
WIMBLEDON, UK – Two-time champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from Wimbledon, deciding that five-set matches would be too soon in his recovery.

 

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Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has had to withdraw from Wimbledon. Having done his press obligations on Saturday where he hinted that if he did not feel good, he would still consider withdrawing, the notice came out late on Sunday afternoon.

In a message on his Facebook page, he said:

Murray was due to face Benoit Paire in the first round of the tournament and could have faced Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round. Ironically Paire was the last person he beat in Wimbledon last year, before going out on the quarter-finals to Sam Querrey.

With the news, it is projected that Murray could fall out of the Top 800 when the new rankings come out after Wimbledon.

 

Three Thoughts on Murray’s withdrawal

A Slam too soon

While it was never in the cards that he would be back in time for Roland Garros, there were high hopes that he would make it back in time for Wimbledon. However, those hopes started to be dashed when he withdrew from Rosmalen amidst concerns that his rehab had been delayed.

He came through a tough first match against Nick Kyrgios in Queen’s that was bizarre in some measures, but perhaps a more solid match in Eastbourne, where he took a wildcard, before bowing out to Kyle Edmund in the second round.

He had been practicing in Wimbledon and seemed set to open as planned. However, this decision seems prudent on one of the more testing surfaces not to risk his body further.

 

Will he be ready for the hard courts?

He obviously sounds hopeful that he will be, and in all honestly away from the pressure that playing at Wimbledon brings, it might be a far better platform from which to launch his recovery.

He has already got a wildcard for the Rogers Cup in Toronto and no doubt other wildcards will follow but given that he has wisely pulled out of tournaments where he has felt not ready, we have to wonder whether even the US Open is too soon.

 

Bright futures or the weight of expectation

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Well the future is certainly hard working in the hands of Edmund and Cameron Norrie who apply themselves to the game diligently and have already seen their rewards this year. Edmund had a fantastic run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, and Norrie acquitted himself very well in Roland Garros, and made the draw in his own right here.

A lot of expectation now will lie on the shoulders of Edmund in particular. Johanna Konta, on the women’s side, has her own demons to conquer this time around, but at least she got a taste of it as she surpassed Murray to reach the semi-final for the first time. But since then she has struggled for form and that confidence is only now slowly returning.

Wimbledon starts on 2 July.

 

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