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Murray Aims for Closure as Wimbledon Decision Looms

Murray Aims for Closure as Wimbledon Decision Looms

By Erik Gudris | @atntennis | Sunday, June 30, 2024

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will make his final decision Monday evening on if he will compete in singles at this year’s Championships.

The 37-year-old former World No. 1 Murray spoke to the media ahead of his still scheduled opening round match against Czech Tomas Machac on Tuesday.

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Murray, who suffered an injury while competing at Queen’s Club a few weeks ago, underwent surgery eight days ago. In the surgery, a cyst near his spinal cord was removed because it caused nerve pain in his right leg.

Murray says the operated area is not sore, but he still does not have 100% feeling in his leg.

“Yeah, I mean, it’s been obviously a tough ten days or so since Queen’s. Obviously had, yeah, the operation on the back, which it wasn’t insignificant,” Murray told the media at Wimbledon. “Yeah, just been trying to do everything that I can to try and get ready to start the tournament here. I don’t know if that’s going to be enough.

“I’ve been practicing for the last few days. I played a set today. It went pretty well, but I still don’t have 100% sort of feeling and sensation in my leg yet.

“It’s getting better every single day. Like I said a few days ago, I want to give it every single chance that I can to get there.”

Murray, along with his team and doctors, must decide if he can compete while at the same time not risking further damage to his back.

“The cyst got removed. I still have stitches in my back now. Yeah, the actual area where I had the operation is not sore. It’s the leg and the function of my leg that will determine whether or not I’m able to play, yeah.”

Murray, just after the surgery, told reporters according to ESPN.com, that he felt he earned the right to make a last minute decision on whether or not to play, given his success at the All-England Club.

“I feel that I deserve the opportunity to give it until the very last moment to make that decision. The rate that I’m improving just now, if that was to continue, then an extra 72 to 96 hours makes a huge difference. It’s complicated, and it’s made more complicated because I want to play at Wimbledon one more time. I’m going to wait until the last minute to see if I’m going to be able to and I’ve…

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