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LONDON (AP) – Two-time champion Andy Murray pulled out of Wimbledon on Sunday because of a bad hip that has been a problem for about a year and was surgically repaired less than six months ago.
The All England Club announced Murray’s withdrawal a day before the grass-court Grand Slam tournament begins.
“I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last 10 days, but after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, we’ve decided that playing best-of-five-set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process,” Murray said in a statement released by his manager. “We did everything we could to try to be ready in time.”
Murray’s first-round match against Benoit Paire was scheduled for Tuesday. Murray beat Paire in the fourth round at Wimbledon last year as the defending champion, then lost to Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals, clearly hampered by the hip, and did not play again for the rest of 2017.
Meantime, No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev replied to Murray’s Instagram post announcing the news and asked if Murray would be interested in coaching him during the fortnight.
“If you’ve got nothing better to do the next two weeks and feel like coaching hit me up,” he wrote.