Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MURRAY'S TITLE BID IS UNDER THREAT; INJURED STAR MISSES FINAL PRE-WIMBLEDON WARM-UP Murray's Wimbledon Bid Is under Threat as He Misses Final Warm-Up

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MURRAY'S TITLE BID IS UNDER THREAT; INJURED STAR MISSES FINAL PRE-WIMBLEDON WARM-UP Murray's Wimbledon Bid Is under Threat as He Misses Final Warm-Up

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Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent

ANDY MURRAY'S defence of his Wimbledon title was cast into further doubt today when he was forced to pull out of his final warm-up match.

The world No1 was scheduled to play at the Aspall Classic at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham tomorrow but withdrew this morning because of soreness in his hip.

It was the same complaint that forced him to miss his only other planned match at the same venue on Tuesday with his team insisting at the time his withdrawal was only a precaution.

But in a statement today Murray (right) said: "Sadly, I won't be ready to play at The Hurlingham tomorrow, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it today, and likely tomorrow."

Following his initial withdrawal from Hurlingham, fears over Murray's fitness grew when he failed to show for either of his planned practice sessions at the All England Club yesterday.

Then he withdrew from a charity hit with Tim Henman later in the day, and could only watch from the stands as coach Jamie Delgado stepped in.

Murray is instead believed to have received gyrotonic treatment, known as "yoga for dancers" at Fulham Football Club in a bid to improve his flexibility, and will continue the treatment as the clock ticks towards Wimbledon.

Despite the latest scare, he is still expected to line up at Wimbledon on the opening day on Monday but questions remain over whether he will be able to withstand the rigours of the Grand Slam fortnight.

Who he faces in his side of the draw will be announced tomorrow but his build-up to his home Grand Slam has been far from perfect.

This season he has struggled with illness contracting shingles after the Australian Open and injury but appeared to have put fitness doubts behind him with a run to the semi-finals of the French Open this month when he narrowly missed out on a place in the final after a five-set epic against Stan Wawrinka.

But then at Queen's an event he has won each time he has triumphed Continued on Page 63 Continued from Back Page at Wimbledon and a trophy he has lifted on five occasions in all a lacklustre performance resulted in him being knocked out by Jordan Thompson, who was only drafted in at the last minute following the late withdrawal of Aljaz Bedene with injury. …

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