Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray pulls out of final warm-up match

Great Britain's Andy Murray looks dejected during his first round match against Australia's Jordan Thompson Action Images via Reuters  Tony O'Brien Livepic

Great Britain's Andy Murray looks dejected during his first round match against Australia's Jordan Thompson Action Images via Reuters Tony O'Brien Livepic

"Sadly I won't be ready to play at Hurlingham tomorrow, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it today and likely tomorrow", he said on Thursday morning.

Murray's coach Ivan Lendl has also moved to ease concerns that his charge's Wimbledon defence is on the rocks before it has even begun. "The guys who beat Stan, Milos and Andy had played qualifying or the previous week at a tournament.It's not that surprising to see those guys lose to a guy who had already been on grass for two weeks or played two or three matches". "If the weather is good I am sure we will practice". Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and many more players are committed to play.

He contracted shingles following his premature exit from the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, and has since had other illness and injury setbacks. Here are some of her best pictures.

However, Murray is also looking forward to taking advantage of home comforts as he looks to win his third Wimbledon title, and says the pressure he feels around this time every year actually helps him to focus.

"I think he's going to be the second favourite [behind Federer]".

"I'm feeling much better right now than I was five or six weeks ago". I understand it if it was somebody finishing their career.

Murray, however, often owns a deceptively tired demeanour on court and after his first block of training in the morning, split over two hours, he indicated some optimism about playing his opening match on Monday.

"Four times champion Novak Djokovic came out in sympathy for Murray, saying: "'We are not robots, we are human beings".

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