Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon 2018 citing the physical stress of best-of-five set matches

Hannah Wilks in Wimbledon 1 Jul 2018
  • Andy Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon 2018 as his recovery from hip surgery continues
  • Murray will be replaced in the draw by lucky loser Jason Jung
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Andy Murray during a practice session for Wimbledon 2018

Andy Murray has withdrawn from Wimbledon 2018.

On the eve of The Championships 2018, two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray announced that he is not ready to compete at this year's event.

Murray was due to face Benoit Paire of France on Monday. He will be replaced by lucky loser Jason Jung of Chinese Taipei in the draw,

Former world no. 1 Murray did not play for eleven months after losing in the quarterfinals of last year's Championships to Sam Querrey, due to a hip injury. Murray eventually underwent surgery on his injured hip in January after an aborted attempt to play at the Australian Open and was originally hoping to return to competition in late May or early June. 

He played his first match of 2018 at Queen's Club in mid-June, losing to Nick Kyrgios in three sets, and was encouraged enough by his body's response to the stresses of competition to take a wildcard into last week's Nature Valley International in Eastbourne, where he beat Stan Wawrinka before losing to Kyle Edmund.

Murray insisted after Eastbourne that he was still undecided about Wimbledon participation, citing the physical strains of best-of-five set matches. But when the draw was made on Friday, his name was in it as the former world no. 1, whose ranking has slipped to world no. 156, was drawn to face Paire in the first round, landing in the section of the draw flanked by fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro and 26th seed Denis Shapovalov.

Murray went through with his pre-tournament press conference on Saturday and would have played his first match on Tuesday, with the top half of the men's draw scheduled to play on Monday.

But on Sunday afternoon, the three-time Grand Slam champion announced on Facebook that he would not be playing.

'It is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that I’ll be withdrawing from Wimbledon this year,' Murray's statement read.

'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.'

This year will mark the first since 2007 that Murray has not appeared in the draw at Wimbledon. His run to the title in 2013, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final, ended Great Britain's long wait for another homegrown champion. Murray won Wimbledon once more in 2016, beating Milos Raonic in the final.

The British player recently announced that he had taken a wildcard into the Canada Masters, which takes place in the second week of August. This might be the next time we see Murray on court.

World no. 154 Jason Jung, who lost in the final round of qualifying to Thomas Fabbiano, will take Murray's place in the draw, but there is no substitute for Murray.

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Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon 2018 citing the physical stress of best-of-five set matches

After just three matches played in the past 12 months, two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray announces 'with a heavy heart' that his body is not ready for best-of-five sets at Wimbledon 2018

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