Andy Murray limps with a sore hip, pulls out of Wimbledon warm-up

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Defending champion Andy Murray's troubled build-up to Wimbledon continued yesterday as he withdrew from playing an exhibition tennis match because of a hip problem. Unlike before Paris, he is hitting the ball really well.

But when asked if he was OK, Murray told Sunsport with a smile: "I haven't tested it yet".

"His hip is a bit sore", said a spokesman for the Scot, who had been due to face Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Murray was set to play two matches at this week's Hurlingham Classic before he chose to skip the exhibition event due to a sore hip. "If the weather is good I am sure we will practice".

British duo Andy Murray and Johanna Konta both face a race against time to be fit for their first-round matches at Wimbledon on Monday.

Murray has been practising at Wimbledon in recent days - with young Canadian Denis Shapovalov amongst others - but the disruption is far from ideal given his first-round exit at Queen's Club last week.

However, his coach Lendl insists he is "not at all" anxious about the injury and has been pleased by Murray's preparations for Wimbledon.

His best showing this year was at the French Open where he reached the semi-finals but it was interesting to hear Stan Wawrinka's comment following his defeat of the Briton, when he pointed out: "Last year he was stronger".

Nonetheless, at the back of Murray's mind will be what happened at the Queen's Club at the start of last week, when he lost in straight sets to Jordan Thompson, the World No 90. "I do find it stressful but I think it helps me concentrate better, play better", he added.