Andy Murray has officially pulled out of this years Wimbledon.
The two-time winner was hoping to return to the stage following a long injury.
He wrote on his Facebook page:
It is with a 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.
He had previously said leading up to the tournament:
I’m pumped because four or five weeks ago, I didn’t know whether I’d be capable of competing at a level I’d be happy with.
It feels a little bit odd coming into the tournament this year. Normally at this stage I feel nervous, lots of pressure, and I expect a lot of myself. I’ve always loved that. It has been difficult, but I have enjoyed it, whereas this year it feels very different.
In terms of how I would fare, how I would do in the tournament results-wise, I’ve no idea. How am I supposed to tell you how I’m going to feel if I play for four hours in the first match?
There are certain things that are still tricky [physically] and things I’m still trying to work through. These things are significantly better than what they were a few months ago. But it just takes time.
Roger Federer will start his journey towards a record-breaking ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title when the 2018 tournament begins on Monday.
The Swiss legend, 36, will play against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic on Centre Court from 13:00 BST.
Seven-time champion Serena Williams also plays on Monday.
More to follow.
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