Andy Murray Pulled Out of Wimbledon

Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks to Australia's Nick Kyrgios. Peter Nicholls Reuters

Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks to Australia's Nick Kyrgios. Peter Nicholls Reuters

The two-time Wimbledon victor had previously announced he would compete in this year's tournament however "after lengthy discussions" with his team it was 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", he added.

Murray pulled out on the eve of his home major, suggesting that he needs to look at the bigger picture as he eases his way back following a hip operation in January.

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.

Murray said he took the decision "with regret" and thanked people for their messages of support.

Murray's absence means more attention on British number one Kyle Edmund.

Considered a member of the ruling "Big 4" quartet of men's tennis, along with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Murray also won the 2012 U.S. Open and two Olympic singles gold medals.

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It is the first time Murray has missed Wimbledon since 2007 when a wrist injury ruled him out. He is pulling out mainly because he doubts he could compete in a best-of-five match.

Murray's place in the draw goes to Jason Jung of Taiwan, the world number 154 who has just one win on the main tour in 2018.

Murray, ranked 156th in the ATP standings, now faces the prospect of losing virtually all of his ranking points having reached the quarter-finals a year ago where he hobbled to defeat against American Sam Querrey.

While he insisted over the weekend that he still loved tennis too much to walk away yet, it remains to seen if he can ever recapture the form that made him Britain's finest male player since Fred Perry.

Murray has only played three competitive matches since he took time off from the game to recover from hip problems. Murray told reporters in his Saturday pre-tournament news conference that he was taking it all day by day. Some days I feel better than others.

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