London | Murray leaving decision as late as possible

Andy Murray could say farewell to Wimbledon in the doubles with brother Jamie if fit.

It's complicated, and it's made more complicated because I want to play at Wimbledon one more time Andy Murray

The injury-hit two-time singles champion is set to retire this summer.

The former world No.1 has been drawn to face Tomas Machac in the first round of his main event.

The Brit, 37, ruptured his ankle losing in three sets to the Czech in Miami in March and sidelined for two months.

Murray, who plays with a metal hip, is fighting to compete after a recent back operation for his return match with the world No.38 at the tournament which made his name on Tuesday.

The Scot feels it is “more likely” he will have to pull out of singles but believes he has “earned the right” to leave it until as late as he can.

Murray and his 38-year-old sibling have been given a wild card into The Championships’ men’s doubles.

The pair teamed up for victory as they helped Great Britain seal the Davis Cup in 2017.

Jamie, a former world No.1 doubles player, has lifted seven major crowns in the discipline, although never at Wimbledon.

Double Olympic champion Murray, who aims to compete at the Paris Games following Wimbledon, said: “If I’m not able to play singles, I don’t know exactly when the first-round doubles matches start, but there’s a difference with how I’m recovering to play on a Monday as opposed to playing on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday… an extra 72 to 96 hours makes a huge difference

“There’s obviously a lot going on with me planning on finishing at the Olympics.

“When I had the injury at Queen’s and then had the subsequent scans and doctor’s appointments, it was a pretty difficult situation to be in. I was told I had to have the surgery immediately by multiple surgeons.

“I had a pretty decent sized cyst on my spinal cord which had been seen on a scan post French Open, but it grew significantly in size over the next two to three weeks.

“So I had to have the operation, but I was given multiple different timelines for how long that would take. And also was made aware that if I decided to try to play Wimbledon that there’s some risk associated with that and it’s whether or not I’m willing to take on that risk.”

He added to the Daily Mail: “It’s complicated, and it’s made more complicated because I want to play at Wimbledon one more time.”



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