Andy Murray has announced he will pull out of Wimbledon because of illness barely 24 hours before the tournament begins. The three-time Grand Slam winner was due to play against 29-year-old French player, Benoit Paire, in the Mens Singles’ first round on July 2nd.
Following his operation after a hip injury a year ago, Murray had said he was ready to play but then announced his withdrawal on July 1st. The 31-year-old Scot stated that his decision to withdraw from the tournament was largely due to his doubts about his ability to compete successfully in a five set match while not fully recovered. Instead he will continue to work on full recovery and aim for a serious challenge in the American “Grand Slam” Open Tennis championships in August.
In a personal statement, Murray said: “I will start practicing on the hard courts from tomorrow and continuing rehab and recover and I’m looking forward to the US hardcourt”
It is worth noting that Murray’s first Grand Slam win came in 2012 US Open when he managed to win against defending champion Novak Djokovic by three sets to to.
After winning the London 2012 Mens Tennis gold medal, the former number one marked his most significant milestone in summer 2013, when he managed to become the first British player to win the Wimbledon Grand Slam in over 75 years, after defeating Djokovic by three sets to nil. In 2016, Murray added another Wimbledon title to his name against former world number three, Milos Raonic, in another three-set final victory.
Murray thanked his fans for “all the messages of support” and expressed his excitement for being back in the tennis court.