Former Wimbledon champion and World number 1, Andy Murray last night announced his withdrawal on the eve of this year’s competition, stating it was “to soon” into his comeback from hip surgery to play five set matches.
The three time grand slam champion who has won Wimbledon twice only returned from nearly twelves month out of the game at Queens last month, before being knocked out by the person who has took over his mental as the countries top seed Kyle Edmund, he had previously lost to Nick Kyrgios in his original comeback match.
In his statement the 2013 & 2016 winner who had been drawn against French Man Benoit Paire in the opening round said he was now looking forward to the US hard court season, which starts in August.
Further in his statement the Olympic gold medalist stated that although he had made ‘significant progress’ over the past 10 days and has done everything he feels possible to prepare for Wimbledon, it was still to soon in his “recovery process to handle Five set match’s”
He did however continue to stay positive by continuing with his plans,
“I will start practicing on the hard courts from tomorrow and continuing with my rehab and recovery and I'm looking forward to the US hard-court season.”
His absence will be the first time in 11 years since Murray who is now ranked 156 in the world will have missed Britian’s show piece tennis event. The last time was back in 2007 when he was forced to withdraw due to a wrist injury.
On this occasion he will be replaced by Jason Jung from Chinese Taipei.