2-time champ Andy Murray out of Wimbledon because bad hip

Two-time champion Andy Murray has confirmed his withdrawal from this year's men's singles at Wimbledon, citing his lack of readiness for best-of-five-set matches after nearly a year out with injury.

He subsequently underwent surgery in January, before finally returning to competitive action last month.

Andy Murray withdrew from this year's Wimbledon saying he has not yet recovered from his hip injuries. We did everything we could to try to be ready in time.

Murray, 31, had looked likely to play this fortnight at the All England Club, but on Sunday shocked the tennis world by suddenly announcing he was pulling out because he did not feel he could compete properly, and wanted to concentrate on being ready for the U.S. hard-court season.

Tennis fans told of their disappointment at Murray's withdrawal, but Federer fever reigned strong as enthusiasts camped out ahead of this year's tournament. "I didn't know how I was going to respond to playing five-set matches".

Despite his patchy form on these manicured lawns, the 23-year old insists he can make an impact at his home Slam - with three-time champion and 12th seed Novak Djokovic his likely third round opponent, if he can establish some winning momentum.

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He originally suffered the setback in a five-set loss to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at the All England Club last July.

He faces Australian qualifier Alex Bolt in his first round match on Tuesday.

"I don't think I played incredible in the matches", Murray said Saturday, "but I think I've done well, considering the opponents". "That's really positive for me as part of getting better, to compete again", he said.

"I'm practicing at a high level, a high intensity, every day with some of the best players in the world".

There are other owners of multiple titles at the tournament known simply as The Championships who will be hounded about their prospects: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among the men; Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova among the women.

Jason Jung from Chinese Taipei will replace Murray in the draw.

  • Lawrence Cooper