Andy Murray aims to be fighting fit for Wimbledon defence

Andy Murray's Wimbledon preparations have taken a further blow after it was confirmed the world No. 1 will not play at Hurlingham on Friday.

Defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said he hopes to be fighting fit for his first round match on Monday after he negotiated a 90-minute practice session at the All England Club on Friday. Practice has gone well, " was Lendl's response when asked whether he is anxious about the number one tennis player. Unlike before Paris, he is hitting the ball really well.

"Sadly I won't be ready to play at Hurlingham tomorrow, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it today and likely tomorrow", he said on Thursday morning.

"I don't care how good you are".

His best showing this year was at the French Open where he reached the semi-finals but it was interesting to hear Stan Wawrinka's comment following his defeat of the Briton, when he pointed out: "Last year he was stronger".

It might just be a precautionary measure but bearing in mind the series of injuries and illnesses he has had in the last six months, it seems ill-luck is following him.

Murray was beaten by world No90 Jordan Thompson of Australia, who was only drafted in a matter of hours before the tie following the late withdrawal of Aljaz Bedene through injury.

The world number one had scheduled two matches at the exhibition Aspall Tennis Classic event following his first-round exit at Queen's Club last week. I thought previous year was more hard because in two weeks we didn't finish one practice on our own terms.

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