Two time champion Andy Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon after admitting he would not be fit enough to play while he continues to try to regain full fitness following hip surgery.
The 31-year-old Scot made a comeback last month at Queen’s Club following almost a year out with the injury that required surgery in Australia in January.
Murray’s withdrawal is a big blow for the tournament especially as he appeared to be moving towards full fitness.
Murray now faces the prospect of losing virtually all of his ranking points having reached the quarter-finals last year where he hobbled to defeat against American Sam Querrey.
“It is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that I’ll be withdrawing from Wimbledon this year,” Murray, winner in 2013 and 2016 at the All England Club, said in a statement.
“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.”