Andy Murray Reportedly a Doubt for Wimbledon with Hip Injury

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2017

Britain's Andy Murray reacts against Australia's Jordan Thompson during their men's singles first round tennis match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at Queen's Club in west London on June 20, 2017.
Murray lost the match 6-7, 2-6. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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World No. 1 Andy Murray is a doubt to defend his title at Wimbledon after he pulled out of his second exhibition match at Hurlingham, London, that was scheduled for Friday.

As Yahoo Sport reported, the news means Murray's fitness is questionable ahead of the SW19 showpiece, which starts on Monday:

Per Stuart Fraser of The Times, the Scotsman said "my hip is still sore and I need to rest it today and likely tomorrow."

Fraser suggested the 30-year-old should be ready for his scheduled Wimbledon curtain-raiser nonetheless:

Murray's buildup to Wimbledon has been far from ideal. The three-time Grand Slam winner was eliminated at Queen's Club in the opening round by Jordan Thompson.

His hip problem then prevented him from taking part in his first match at the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham, when he was set to take on Lucas Pouille.

Murray lost to Thompson at Queen's Club.
Murray lost to Thompson at Queen's Club.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The latest news means Murray is set to head to Wimbledon having played just one competitive match on grass since the 2017 French Open.

As a result, tennis journalist Simon Cambers thinks the two-time Wimbledon champion is going to need to put in a huge effort if he's to make it through the first few rounds:

Murray, despite concerns about his form, made it to the semi-finals at Roland Garros before losing to Stanislas Wawrinka.

Murray will find out who is opening opponent will be in Friday's draw. Should he be fit, the world No. 1 will begin as the top seed, with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal completing the top four spots, in that order.