Andy Murray limps with a sore hip, pulls out of Wimbledon warm-up

Great Britain's Andy Murray looks dejected during his first round match against Australia's Jordan Thompson Action Images via Reuters  Tony O'Brien Livepic

Murray was set to play two matches at this week's Hurlingham Classic before he chose to skip the exhibition event due to a sore hip.

He will have played just that match on grass when he begins his Wimbledon campaign on Monday.

Andy Murray has pulled out of an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club with a sore hip in what is another blip in his preparations for the defence of his Wimbledon title.

Ivan Lendl allayed any worry Andy Murray would be unable to defend his Wimbledon title, telling reporters the 2016 champion should return to practice Friday. "He was hitting two days ago with Dimitrov and hitting the ball great".

Murray went out to Australia's Jordan Thompson there and said afterwards: "It's a big blow". Practice has gone well, " was Lendl's response when asked whether he is anxious about the number one tennis player. "I'm midway through my practice".

The Scot will find out his first opponent in today's draw and said: "Sadly I won't be ready to play at The Hurlingham today, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it".

He has been hampered by various ailments throughout 2017; being struck down with shingles after the Australian Open; pulling out of the Miami Open with an elbow injury; and complaining of a virus on the eve of the French Open last month.

The 30-year-old also practised with the Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov yesterday to mend the obstacle. I thought past year was more hard because in two weeks we didn't finish one practice on our own terms.


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