Heavy-hearted Murray pulls out of Wimbledon

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Tennis ace Andy Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon on the eve of the London tournament.

The grass court season had been the ultimate goal when, in January, he underwent surgery to fix his right hip.

Murray also wrote that he would start practicing on the hard courts right on Monday, with a view to a full return during the U.S. Kate, a lifelong tennis fan, often shows her support to Andy Murray and has even watched him play at the men's final.

June 25, 2018: Recorded his first win after nearly a year out, beating three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka 6-1 6-3 in just 77 minutes at Eastbourne.

Speaking ahead of Wimbledon, Murray - who is now ranked No.156 in the world - said: "If I had to stop tomorrow I'd be gutted because I still love playing, love the sport and enjoy the travelling".

It has been a long road back for Murray from the awful hip injury that has kept him out of the game for months. "I was just sort of feeling that I was not ready and willing to play".

Wimbledon starts with Roger Federer making a bid for a ninth title but this year will see the tournament take place without home favourite Andy Murray.

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In the first round of Wimbledon, the Brit was scheduled to play Frenchman Benoit Paire.

"I'm practicing at a high level, a high intensity, every day with some of the best players in the world". "Normally, like, at this stage, I feel really nervous, lots of pressure, and I expect a lot of myself around this time of year".

At a pre-tournament news conference Saturday, he said he planned to play in the tournament unless, he explained, "I wake up and don't feel good". Why risk all that hard work just to play at an event he knew he could not win?

The 2013 and 2016 Champion said playing the tournament would be "too soon" and could jeopardise the progress he has made so far.

Instead, Murray's spot in the draw will be taken by Jason Jung of Taiwan, who lost in qualifying.

It is the first time Murray has missed Wimbledon since 2007 when a wrist injury ruled him out.

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