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Murray admits injury has ‘hampered’ Wimbledon preparations and days to come will dictate fate

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“The next few days are important for me to increase my training,” says Murray a week before Wimbledon

Murray withdrew from Queen’s last week with an abdominal problem he suffered in the Stuttgart final eight days ago in the defeat to Matteo Berrettini.

Andy Murray says he’s struggling to train competitively but still plans to play Wimbledon next week.

Two back-to-back scans have revealed no serious damage, but Murray described the injury as “a tricky one” and it’s believed he didn’t hit any serves in practice as a result.

“It hasn’t stopped me from practicing,” Murray said.

“The positive is that I was able to go to the practice court and hit balls and work on a lot of different things, but there are certain shots that I couldn’t practice and that obviously hampered the preparations.

“The next few days are important for me to increase my training [and] starting to play hopefully a few points to see where I stand.

Murray challenged the manager shortly after leveling the game with a set against Berrettini, who would win the title at Queen’s for the second consecutive year after the success in Germany.

But former world No. 1 Murray was on the rise in Stuttgart when injury struck and the 35-year-old looked to overcome the pain with a first grass title since 2016 on the line.

However, he insists this has not jeopardized his Wimbledon participation.

“I didn’t feel like I was doing any more damage to myself,” Murray added.

“The injury I have is not a major injury, but it is an injury that is difficult for tennis players. You have to manage them well and do everything right and respect them. I have done so far.

“Hopefully that pays off next Monday but no, the importance of the injury, the grading of the injury wasn’t so bad that I could say I’ve made it worse by continuing.”

Murray also couldn’t deny his frustration at being knocked down again within weeks of his home grand slam, although he could still see positives.

“It’s frustrating, but I’ve played nine games in two weeks,” Murray said.

“I haven’t done that since 2016. Six years since I could last do this.

“In the end I think it was nine games in 12 days which is significant and unfortunately I picked up this injury.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating because obviously my game was in a good place physically. I felt good. I felt like I was moving. Everyone I trust and respect for their opinions on my game and movement have been very happy with how that side of things has been going and progressing.

“I’ve been in worse situations in recent years. The positive thing for me is that I have dealt with certainly worse issues in recent years and have mastered them well.”

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