Andy Murray has revealed that he's still suffering with a slight groin injury ahead of Wimbledon as he loses in the second round of Queens.
Murray won his first match back on grass against Benoire Paire, but lost today to top seed Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, and afterwards admitted to still feeling a 'slight niggle.'
The former world number one has suffered a series of bad luck injury-wise, after coming back from major hip surgery in 2019.
A positive COVID test prevented Murray from competing in the Australian Open and then a freak groin injury obtained the night before the Miami Open once again stopped him from playing.
The two-time Wimbledon Champion then chose to skip clay season in order to prepare for grass season and Wimbledon in particular, but the groin injury still seems to be lingering.
“Obviously [I’ll] try and get – there is still a slight niggle in the groin, and try to get rid of that discomfort between now and Wimbledon,” Murray said in his post-match press conference.
“It’s a slightly complex issue in that, you know, still not entirely sure what the problem is. Couple of things potentially. With tendons, for example, like you have a tendon injury, you need to load it to get it to adapt.
“But you can’t like load it like so many days in a row, because if you do that you can irritate it and flare it up and it sets you back. If it’s something else, structurally there is nothing wrong, so then it becomes more about managing the discomfort.
Murray desperately needs more court time ahead of the Wimbledon Championships but said he will have to balance the need for match practice with the need to protect himself from further injury.
“You just need to be on the court with the top players, and that’s what I’ll try and do the next week, ten days, get out there and play with them as much as possible," said Murray.
“But then, you know, with the mindset or the thought that I need to manage the groin a little bit as well. It’s a bit tricky.”
Murray has received a wildcard for Wimbledon but it is unknown if he will try to get a wildcard before then at Eastbourne or Mallorca for more court time.
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