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:
Yahoo Sport UK @YahooSportUK
BREAKING: Andy Murray a doubt for Wimbledon as he pulls out of a second exhibition match at Hurlingham tomorrow due to a sore hip. https://t.co/BS92L8aMNc2017-6-29 11:16:19
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:
Stuart Fraser @stu_fraser
Murray should be fine for opening match at Wimbledon on Centre Court on Monday but preparation far from ideal.2017-6-29 10:49:25
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.
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:
Simon Cambers @scambers73
Given his hip and lack of preparation, It's going to be all about getting through the first few rounds for @andy_murray at @Wimbledon2017-6-29 10:55:12
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.