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Andy Murray Optimistic About Wimbledon

15/06/22

- Grant Whittington

British tennis veteran Andy Murray says his hope remains on being fit in time for Wimbledon. An abdominal injury forced him to withdraw from the Stuttgart final on the weekend, which meant he also had to withdraw from Queen’s.

After his return to London on Sunday, the Brit had reportedly undergone a scan that showed a strained left abdominal muscle. This injury means he won’t be fit to compete at Queen’s, Murray revealed in a statement earlier this week.

This undoubtedly came as a personal blow to Murray, who is a five-time Queen’s champion.

First For Murray

Murray suffered the injury to his abdomen during a serve early on in the third set of his match opposite Matteo Berrettini.

Commenting after the match, Murray said that he had never before in his career experienced such an injury, and that he believed it to be the result of an intense load of matches over the past couple of weeks. 

After a particularly successful run, Murray is now forced to nurse an injury that could not have come at a more inconvenient time. While he won’t compete at Eastbourne, he said he remains optimistic about playing at Wimbledon. He may also be fit enough to compete in an exhibition event at Hurlingham Club in the coming week.

Wimbledon gets underway on June 27.

Success For Jack Draper

Meanwhile at Queen’s, Brit Jack Draper continued to build his own career after he achieved his biggest win yet, at Queen’s. He stumped the world No. 14, Taylor Fritz, who ranks at fourth seed, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory during the first round. This saw him bag his first-ever Top 20 victory.

Queen’s had in many ways been the start of success for Draper, who made his breakthrough with an upset over Jannik Sinner one year ago. Now. One year later, it’s a different scenario for Draper as he celebrates his top 100 debut. He now ranks world No. 99, a ranking he secured by winning four challenger titles that saw him make it into the 160-circle.

Speaking after his most recent win, Draper said that he felt proud of all his hard work that had paid off. He said being able to win at a higher level had infused him with a great deal of confidence.

British No. 1 Cameron Norrie, meanwhile, was defeated 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-4 by Grigor Dimitrov during the opening round at Queen’s.

This marks a time of mixed fortunes for Britain’s top players.  

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