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Murray fit to play at Wimbledon

Wimbledon: Monday 23 June to Sunday 6 July
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Andy Murray
Murray needed painkillers after hurting his thumb on Thursday

Andy Murray says he will play at Wimbledon after recovering from the thumb injury which forced him to withdraw from Queen's last Thursday.

With Wimbledon starting on 23 June, the British number one chose not to risk further damage by facing Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals last week.

Murray said: "The thumb is fine. I was right not to play on and I will be OK for Wimbledon."

The Scot will return to action in an exhibition match on Tuesday.

He is scheduled to play Serbian Janko Tipsarevic at 1415 BST in the Boodles Challenge at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.

"I'm hoping that I get a good week's preparation and see what happens," he added.

Murray struggled to keep his feet during the third-round win over Ernests Gulbis at Queen's and sustained thumb, groin and neck injuries after continually slipping over.

His right thumb was so badly strained he could not sign autographs after the match or take the top off a bottle of water.

It is important to block everything out when you are on the court and remain focused on what you are actually trying to do

Andy Murray
But after spending a few days recuperating he has regained fitness.

The 21-year-old is Britain's only real hope, albeit a slim one, of a home triumph at the All England Club, but Murray - who missed last year's event with an injured wrist - denied the burden of expectation was weighing heavily on his shoulders.

"If you don't have a life outside of tennis it can become a bit hard but I try to do something with my friends on a day off," he said.

"It is important to block everything out when you are on the court and remain focused on what you are actually trying to do.

"The pressure has not been too bad this year. Last year I was asked about my wrist every single day. That wasn't too nice but this year has been fine."

He added: "It was frustrating not to have been there last year. But it was two weeks too early for me.

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"I had the option of having an injection in my wrist but I didn't want it. It would have been better for my wrist if I hadn't had to rush to try and get ready for Wimbledon.

"I tried my best and it was worth the effort. I was a little bit pressurised to have the cortisone injection but I have a long career ahead of me. I might have been doing myself extra damage. It was 100% the right decision."




see also
Murray v Gulbis as it happened
12 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Wimbledon build-up photos
15 Jun 08 |  Tennis


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