I'll give my all to make Wimbledon, vows Andy

By MIKE DICKSON

Last updated at 14:21 14 June 2007


Andy Murray yesterday revealed he could wait until the morning of his opening match at Wimbledon before deciding whether he is fit to play or not.

The world No 9 faces a desperate fight to

recover from his wrist injury in time to play in The Championships the

week after next but he offered

hope to his fans that he could

make it, even with a Tuesday

start a possibility.

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Andy Murray

"I can make a decision on the

day of my match if I want to,"

said Murray, who is scheduled

to try out his injured wrist at

the Boodles Cup exhibition

event in Buckinghamshire next

week, although the chances of

that happening are extremely

remote.

"If I can’t play in that but am

able to play at Wimbledon then

that’s fine. I will certainly wait

until the Saturday or Sunday

before Wimbledon and decide

then.

"If I play, it might take me a

match or two to get into the

swing of things. I’m sure that

other guys have had to do it in

the past. It’s difficult but it’s

do-able."

Until yesterday Murray has been determinedly

low-key about his intentions.

While the chances of him being

fit for Wimbledon must still be

less than evens, there is more

hope of him appearing than

first feared when he damaged the wrist at the German Open

on May 15.

"I’m now able to hit for about

an hour-and-a-half per day and

I’ve been upping it by five per

cent every day and doing a lot

in the gym," he said.

"I saw the doctor on Monday

and he basically told me to

keep doing what I’ve been

doing.

"I’ve got to be realistic and

make sure that I don’t hit it too

hard," said Murray, who

described the intensity of his

hitting as about 50 per cent.

"If I hit my hardest on the

forehand it would probably

hurt but it is getting better

every day.

"Not long ago it was hurting

when I was just opening the

door.

"Hopefully, in about a week I

will be able to start playing

proper points."

He was adamant, though, that

he will not rush to play the Boodles event, which is

promoted by his management

company, or Wimbledon,

where his presence is wanted

by public demand.

"I don’t have a problem with it

if I have to miss Wimbledon," he

said.

"I’ll continue to take it day

by day."

Murray, speaking at the launch

of the ‘Road To Andy Murray’

scheme for youngsters he is

supporting in conjunction with

David Lloyd Leisure, said his

enforced lay-offs in 2007 had

not all been bad.

"I have been able to see friends

and family, so it has been

enjoyable in some ways. But it

has been like eight weeks'

holiday and I don’t want any

more time off."

Meanwhile, Tim Henman

confirmed yesterday that he

will take a wildcard into next

week’s Nottingham Open

following his early exit from

the Artois Championships.

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