Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who has been given a wildcard into this year’s edition, hopes he can continue and this is not the last time he plays at the Big W.
“I’m going into the bubble on Wednesday evening so I’m going to get there early to practise at Wimbledon,” Murray told Sky News.
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“Hopefully I’ve got some high quality practices – I’m practising with (Marin) Cilic today and I practise with (Roger) Federer later in the week.
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“I’m just trying to play with high quality grass court players to prepare me as best as possible. I don’t want it to be my last Wimbledon, certainly I want to keep playing, I don’t want to stop just now, so yeah I wanna keep going.”
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The Brit won the second of his two Wimbledon titles in 2016 and reached World No 1 later that year. But Murray had undergone two hip surgeries since then and has struggled to make a full comeback.
“I’ve had so many injuries and so many setbacks you just don’t really know what’s round the corner,” he said.
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“I want to approach each tournament and each match that I play like it’s my last one so that I can get the most out of it.”
Wimbledon was the only Grand Slam to be cancelled last year. The Championships are back on this year and the organisers have said that they will allow a capacity crowd at Centre Court for the semi-finals and finals.
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Murray warmed up for the grasscourt major at the Queen’s Club ATP event last week. Though he beat Benoit Paire in the opening round, he went down 3-6, 3-6 to eventual champion Matteo Berrettini in the second round.
“It‘s more about the body if I’m restricted in how I can prepare,” Murray, who missed the first two Grand Slams of 2021, added.
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“If I can’t prepare properly to compete then that’s when it’s not fair on yourself to keep putting yourself out there, because you’re not properly prepared and can’t do yourself justice.
“So if that was the case and I was having to compromise on my training just to get out there on a match court and my results weren’t good – that is something I’d look at. But providing I can train and prepare well and I’m enjoying it I’ll do it for as long as I can.”