• ‘It’s with regret I’m withdrawing from Wimbledon’
• Double Wimbledon champion was due to play Benoît Paire
Andy Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon with injury. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Andy Murray on Sunday delivered the message Wimbledon was dreading: he is pulling out of the tournament.
“It’s with regret I’m withdrawing from Wimbledon,” Murray said, having indicated only 24 hours before that he was ready and fit to play, “unless in the next couple of days I wake up and don’t feel good”.
However, his subsequent explanation would seem to contradict that reasoning. He is pulling out mainly because he doubts he could compete in a best-of-five match.
He added: “I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last ten days but, after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, 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. 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.”
Murray had been due to face Benoît Paire in the first round.
This is the fifth tournament in seven that Murray has entered and then withdrawn at or near the last possible minute. Nursing a chronically painful hip – which required surgery in January – he pulled out of the US Open last September, the Brisbane Open over the New Year, the Australian Open and then, most recently, an ATP250 grass‑court tournament at Rosmalen in the Netherlands.
He did then play at Queen’s, losing to Nick Kyrgios in three sets, then at Eastbourne last week, beating Stan Wawrinka before losing 6-4, 6-4 to Kyle Edmund. Those performances looked promising but he has nonetheless pulled out of Wimbledon.