Wimbledon dream alive as Murray steps back on court

Last updated at 13:56 13 June 2007


Andy Murray is prepared to delay his decision about playing at Wimbledon until the morning of

his first match in a bid to keep his Grand Slam bid alive.

Murray, who damaged tendons in his

right wrist a month ago, today revealed

he is hitting at "50 per cent power" and

that the injury is improving well under

a rehabilitation programme being carried

out at the National Tennis Centre

in Roehampton.

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Andy Murray

But despite the pressure on Britain’s

leading player to appear at his home

Grand Slam, Murray, who has reached a

career-high ranking of world No 9, will

not put the wrist in jeopardy by playing

if not completely fit.

He said: “Wimbledon is not the most

important thing, it’s my wrist. If I must

miss Wimbledon to get the injury 100

per cent fit then I don’t have a problem

about doing that.

“As long as the injury is getting better,

that’s the most important thing. In terms

of Wimbledon, I can make a decision on

the day of my match.

“If, for example, four days before the

start it’s not ready, then I will pass on it.”

Murray dismissed the notion he would

be too short of match practice if he were

to play, saying: “I know what I have to do

on court and it may take just one or two

matches to get into the swing of things.

“If I can’t play at the Boodles tournament

at Stoke Park next week and have

to go straight into Wimbledon, that’s

fine. I am sure other guys have had to do

that in the past. It’s difficult but doable.

“I won’t feel any pressure going into Wimbledon because I haven’t played for two months

and my expectations are not so high.”

Murray was speaking at today’s launch of a new

tennis programme for youngsters backed by the David Lloyd leisure group and was able to smile about his

injury after turning up to find a group of young tennis

players ready to greet him with their right wrists

bandaged in sympathy.

They also had a Union flag

ready with a “Get well soon Andy” message on it.

Murray knows his wrist has become the tennis

equivalent of Wayne Rooney’s infamous metatarsal but

he has tried to limit the debate over his fitness by only

releasing limited details of the problem.

“I’m probably hitting at 50 per cent of my capacity

and if I did hit my hardest forehand it would probably

hurt,” he said.

“But it’s not a problem to shake hands

or pick things up. I saw the doctor for the last time on Monday and he

told me to keep doing the exercises and it really is a

case of taking it day by day.

“I mustn’t push it too hard just because it’s feeling

better. Every day is important and I don’t want to take

a step back.”

Murray then took a moment to pay tribute to Lewis

Hamilton, who won his first Formula One race in

Canada last weekend.

He said: “It’s great for British sport that there is

somebody we can all get excited about. He’s breaking

all sorts of records and dealing with all the

expectations which is great for British sport.”

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