Andy Murray attempted to dispel fears he could miss Wimbledon, but admitted he doesn't yet know the extent of the injury he picked up in the final of Stuttgart.
Murray missed out on a first ATP title in nearly three years as Matteo Berrettini closed out a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win, but the real story of the day was another injury to the former world number one.
He required a medical time-out on court after being meekly broken in the first game of the third set. He then requested further attention later in the set, but opted to continue.
With Queen's due to start on Monday and Wimbledon now just two weeks away, it's an obvious concern for Murray.
However, he is hopeful that it was merely just the stresses and strains from an increased schedule of late and it will pass relatively quickly.
"Hopefully it's all right," he said. "Obviously I've played a lot of matches.
"This is the most matches I've played in two weeks since probably 2016. That's a really long time.
“Congrats to Andy. It’s not the way we wanted to finish, he’s hurt, I’m sorry for him. I’ve learned so much from him.”
"It's probably normal that I would feel some stuff in my body but I don't really know the severity of it.
"I won't know anything until I get it checked out. It's tough to say anything about the next weeks."
Andy Murray did at least confirm it was not a recurrence of a previous issue, despite it initially looking like his hip/groin area.
"I got some pain in my ab when I was serving," Murray explained. "Not something I've had before."
Murray has climbed to world number 47 as a result of his run in Stuttgart, but is still short of the ranking required to be seeded at Wimbledon.
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