Andy Murray will make Wimbledon decision “as late as possible” to have a better chance of competing | tennis news

Andy Murray will leave a decision on his participation at Wimbledon “as late as possible” as he aims to have “the best opportunity” to make what could be his final appearance at the event.

Murray, a Wimbledon champion in 2013 and 2016, underwent surgery for a spinal cyst on Saturday after withdrawing at Queen’s earlier this month during his second-round match against Jordan Thompson due to numbness in his right leg, and the Scot said later that he wished he hadn’t. he gone to the field.

With Wimbledon starting on Monday, Murray’s team issued a statement revealing that the 37-year-old had resumed training and is “working towards” participating, although Murray said in an interview with The times that “it’s probably more likely that I won’t be able to play singles right now.”

Murray, who has indicated he will soon retire from tennis and that this summer’s Olympics in Paris is a “fitting” end point, could still play doubles with his brother Jamie.

Murray’s team statement read: “Andy is recovering well from his surgery and has begun training again.

“At this stage it is too early to confirm with certainty whether he will play Wimbledon, but he is working towards it and a final decision will be made as late as possible to give him the best opportunity to compete.”

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Murray said he regretted taking the court after retiring with a back injury during his match against Australian Jordan Thompson at the Queen’s Club.

“I don’t want Queen’s to be my last time on a tennis court”

speaking to The timesMurray said: “Maybe it’s my ego getting in the way, but I feel like I deserve the opportunity to give myself until the last moment to make that decision.

“If I had to play on Monday, I might know on Sunday that there is no chance I can play. “It is complicated and it has become more complicated because I want to play at Wimbledon once again.

“I don’t want the last time I play on a tennis court to be what happened at Queen’s. I know there are more important things in the world than how I finish playing my last tennis match.

“But because of what I’ve contributed to the sport over the last few years, I’d at least like to go out and play a proper game where I’m at least competitive.

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“I was told that if I decided to try to play Wimbledon, there would be some risk associated with that and it’s whether or not I’m willing to take that risk. The operation has gone very, very well and I’m recovering very well. Good.

“I don’t feel much pain at all, but the nature of nerve injuries is that they recover quite slowly.

“I don’t know exactly how long it will take for me to have the courage to get to a stage where I can compete or play, whether it’s three days or three weeks or five weeks. It’s impossible to say.”

Murray could continue playing if he is not fit for Wimbledon or the Olympics

Murray, who won Olympic gold at Wimbledon in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, was named in Great Britain’s team for the 2024 Games.

He hopes to play both men’s singles and doubles with Dan Evans at Roland Garros starting on Saturday 27 July.

“I can’t say for sure that if I couldn’t play at Wimbledon and didn’t recover in time to play at the Olympics, I wouldn’t consider trying to play another tournament somewhere.

“But if I can play at Wimbledon and if I can play at the Olympics, then most likely that will be it.”

Olympic entries will be confirmed next week, but there are injury doubts for Evans, who suffered a knee injury.
after slipping and falling at Queen’s.

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