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Wimbledon 2017: Hip injury forces Murray out of final warm-up match

02 July 2017, 01:27 | Candice Butler

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Andy Murray's Wimbledon preparations have taken a further blow after it was confirmed the world No. 1 will not play at Hurlingham on Friday.

Murray's coach, Ivan Lendl, brushed off concerns that the Scot might not be fit, responding with a "not at all" when asked if he was anxious about the physical state of the champion. "I hope so, that's the plan, " defending champion Murray replied when asked if he would be fit to clash off against Bublik of Kazakhstan. When the Wimbledon main draw begins Monday, Murray will have had just one competitive match under his belt in a little over a month.

The Briton, who was knocked out in the first round at Queen's last week, was due to play France's Lucas Pouille at the Aspall Tennis Classic.

Lendl says the loss to Thompson was nothing out of the ordinary, noting that in the same round of the Queen's tournament Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic also suffered embarrassing exits.

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Accepting responsibility for his qualifying result, Vettel said, "In the end, I was alone and had no tow in the last sector". Esteban Ocon was the leading Force India in fifth with Felipe Massa , who narrowly avoided contact at Turn 8, was seventh.

But he did admit that Murray has not had enough practise, saying: "The first match on grass is always tricky". "If the weather is good I am sure we will practice".

Should he play, the two-time Wimbledon champion would be set for a heavily challenging campaign at The Championships. "We have seen that movie over and over".

"Andy has been unlucky with a few illnesses [this year] and an elbow injury, and that doesn't help if you don't have as much time to practice or as many matches as you would like".

Aches and pains are nothing new for Murray, or for any professional tennis player, but the timing is inopportune.

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