Andy Murray has not participated in this year’s Wimbledon tournament as he is still recovering from a hip injury
The 31-year-old Scot has been at the All England Club this week and is appearing as a pundit on BBC’s coverage from SW19. Murray expressed how close he was to play at Wimbledon, however, after taking part last year with a bad hip, he decided that missing an entire year wasn’t worth it.
“I think it was the best decision not to play at Wimbledon,” he said. “Last time I came in when the hip was bad, made the quarter-finals and missed a year. I didn’t want to go in, play four, five matches and do more damage.
It was a hard decision but a smart one.
“I was really close,” he said. “I was here on Saturday, practicing and playing sets, desperate to play. That is why I think it was such a great decision not to. When I thought about it long and hard, I was very unlikely to win the event. The smart thing was not to play.
He was already looking forward to competing at the ATP Tour event in Washington in three weeks’ time.
“The positive things were being able to spend some more time with the family while I’m here at home, and being able to practise on the hard courts.
“As soon as I got on the hard courts I felt better. When you’re coming back on an unstable surface you worry about every step.
“So I felt more comfortable and hopefully that will help my movement and free up thehip. The impact on a hard court is greater than on grass but it felt more positive.
“My plan is to play in Washington, which starts on 30 July.
“I’m going to be here in London for the next 10 days, practising on the hard courts, and then I’ve got a friend’s wedding.
“I’ll be going to that and then heading over to the States, having a week’s training either in Washington or maybe Miami before getting back on the match court.”
Murray said he thought Novak Djokovic could threaten pre-tournament favourites, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. “I think he can beat both of them, whether it happens or not I’m not sure.”
Djokovic is currently one of the favourites at Wimbledon at odds of 5.00 on Yobetit.
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