Andy Murray has pulled out of an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club with a sore hip in what is another blip in his preparations for the defence of his Wimbledon title.
Last year he was stronger. Today I think he's less confident Stan Wawrinka
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.
The world No1 continues to be frustrated by that lack of matches he has had on grass following his straightest loss to the Australian ‘lucky loser’ Jordan Thompson at Queen’s last week.
Murray hopes the weather will improve and he will be able to return to Hurlingham and play his second exhibition match but whatever happens, he will be opening play as tradition decrees on Monday on the Centre Court at Wimbledon as the reigning champion.
Currently he is one of the four favourites for the title with the bookmakers favouring Roger Federer to win his eighth Wimbledon crown.
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. Today I think he’s less confident. He played a bit less fast. He was a little more hesitant, and that gave me a bit more time.”
Meanwhile, Dan Evans, the British No3 has lost his kit sponsorship as part of the fallout from his positive test for cocaine, which is likely to result in a two-year ban.
The Italian sportswear company Ellesse struck a deal with Evans last March when it emerged he had been wearing unbranded shirts on his run to the fourth round of January’s Australian Open.
But yesterday it said that it “cannot condone the lifestyle choices he has made and are therefore withdrawing his sponsorship”.