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Andy Murray withdraws from Queen's due to injury, admitting: 'I won't be fit to compete'

Andy Murray has suffered another injury blow, but his Wimbledon hopes aren't over just yet... hopefully.
Andy Murray looking on at Indian Wells

Andy Murray has withdrawn from Queen's due to the abdominal injury he picked up in Stuttgart, throwing his Wimbledon hopes into disarray.

Murray reached his first final in nearly three years in Stuttgart, where he produced some very high-quality tennis.

He was hoping to back that up at Queen's, where is a five-time champion, but he has been forced to miss the event instead.

“After having a scan this afternoon, an abdominal injury means I won’t be fit to compete at Queen’s this year," Murray said.

"The tournament means a lot to me, and it’s disappointing not to compete, especially after playing some good matches on the grass already.”

It's a blow for the Queen's too, but Tournament Director Luiz Carvalho expressed his support for Murray.

“Obviously it’s extremely sad that Andy won’t be able to play here this year.

"Everyone at the cinch Championships wishes him a speedy recovery. We look forward to welcoming him back next year.”

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Andy Murray sustained the injury at a crucial point in his Stuttgart final defeat to Matteo Berrettini on Sunday.

Andy Murray at Surbiton Trophy

The wider question will now be whether or not two weeks will be sufficient time for him to recover before Wimbledon starts. The obvious good news is that it is not a recurrence of his hip problem, but he certainly still faces a race against time.

He had hoped to earn a seed position at Wimbledon with a good Queen's run, but he will now be at the mercy of the draw instead despite moving back into the top 50 following his performance in Stuttgart.

Dan Evans has backed Murray to make Wimbledon, though, saying: "It's never easy for people to be injured, especially this time of year. It's not ideal, but if anybody knows how to prepare himself for Wimbledon, it's him.

"I don't think if he's playing this week or next week, in my opinion it wouldn't matter for his preparations as long as he can prepare.

"If he can still play tennis in a week or so, I think he'll be okay. So in that sense, it's not ideal, but it's not the end of the world for him."

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