Wimbledon: Andy Murray says injury ‘healing but not perfect’ for Grand Slam

Wimbledon: Andy Murray says injury ‘healing but not perfect’ for Grand Slam

Wimbledon: Andy Murray says injury ‘healing but not perfect’ for Grand Slam

Andy Murray wears his Castore range
Andy Murray has been preparing this week for Wimbledon, which starts next Monday at the All England Club

Briton Andy Murray is in a race against time to play Wimbledon due to the abdominal injury that forced him out of Queen’s last week.

The two-time Wimbledon champion said there were “positives and negatives” in training this week.

The Grand Slam event kicks off next Monday at the All England Club and Murray, who won in 2013 and 2016, says he still can’t get certain shots.

“The injury is healing, but not perfect yet,” said the 35-year-old Scot.

On his hopes at Wimbledon, he added: “My goal is to physically start in a good place and give myself the best chance to do well.”

Murray sustained the injury in the Stuttgart final last week and as a result withdrew from Queen’s a day later.

The former world number one had a scan in London on June 13 and decided to skip the Cinch Championships after the damage was revealed.

Murray, now 51st in the world rankings, practiced on grass at Wimbledon this week, beating British number two Dan Evans and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.

Murray said he does not plan to play an exhibition game this week at London’s Hurlingham Club, which will feature defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic and 22nd Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

“There were positives and negatives this week,” said the former world number one.

“The good thing is I was able to practice, but there are certain shots that I haven’t been able to practice.”

Asked if he’s still on track for Wimbledon, he added: “Yes. I’ve been practicing for the past three or four days and I’ve been practicing well.

“But unfortunately in matches you can’t just not hit certain shots. Hopefully in the coming days I will get the chance to test that and hopefully it will be okay.”

Murray declined to reveal any specific shots he was unable to practice, but said: “I’m sure you can determine that based on what the injury is.”

Murray was unable to serve well in the final phase of the Stuttgart final against Italian Matteo Berrettini.

“I’ve missed some things that I would have liked to have done,” added Murray, speaking at the launch of his AMC clothing line in which he will play at Wimbledon.

“But hopefully in the coming days it will hopefully get better and we can continue with normal preparations.”

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