Friday, September 21, 2018 08:47:53 PM
Andy Murray insisted he is fit enough to start the defence of his Wimbledon title on Monday despite his recent struggles with a hip injury.
Murray sparked concerns he might have to withdraw from Wimbledon after cancelling two scheduled exhibition matches this week due to his sore hip.
The world number one was seen limping while practising at Wimbledon over the weekend, but he is convinced he can make it through two weeks of the grass court Grand Slam.
"I'll be fine to play the event and play seven matches," Murray told reporters at Wimbledon on Sunday.
Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, will play the first match on Centre Court on Monday against Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik.
That will be a huge lift for Murray, who admitted he had been worried the hip pain wouldn't ease off in time for Wimbledon.
"You never know. I haven't been in that sort of position too often, only a few days before a Slam and not felt good at all," he said.
"Obviously this is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit. It's a little bit stressful if you can't practise for a few days.
"You really want to be preparing, training as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn't had any matches.
"I just tried to think positively. I tried to make the best decisions along with my team to give myself the best chance to feel good on Monday. I feel like I've done that."
Facing world number 134 Bublik should be a gentle introduction to the tournament for Murray, who is desperately short of match practice on grass after a shock Queen's Club first-round loss against unheralded Australian Jordan Thompson.
Crucially, the Scot said his injury has started to feel better after lengthy treatment and prolonged periods of rest over the last week.
"It's just been very sore the last few weeks and was giving me quite a lot of trouble, moving to certain shots and getting to certain positions," he said.
"That was why I had to take the break to try to give it a chance to settle down, calm down a bit.
"It's felt a lot better in the last few days. Practice each day has got a little bit better.
"If I feel like I am today, I'd be delighted and have no issues getting through.
"If necessary, I can take some antiinflammatories if my hip flares up.
Hopefully that's not the case."
Murray also went into the French Open with concerns over his form and fitness, but gradually played his way back to his best en route to the semi-finals.
The three-time Grand Slam winner is hoping for a similar scenario at Wimbledon.
"It's been slightly stop-start preparations. But each day I've felt better, a little bit like at the French Open," he said.
"I didn't come in as well-prepared, but I still found a way with each match to feel a bit better, and built confidence each day. I'm hoping that's the case here."
When Murray last defended the Wimbledon title in 2014, he slumped to a disappointing quarter-final exit against Grigor Dimitrov, but he expects to cope better with the pressure this time.
"Obviously a little bit more experience, a bit older now. Hopefully I'm able to deal with things better this time round," he said.
"Maybe it adds a little bit extra pressure, especially at this slam with the way the scheduling is, that you're the first one out there on Centre Court.
"You feel like you're opening up the tournament a little bit, and that adds a few more nerves. But I feel okay.
"I've felt fairly calm the last few days, considering how I've been feeling. I'm going out there trying to win Wimbledon again."
THE United Nations was established with a mission to stop brutality and promotion of human rights across the globe but at present is apparently helpless to stop the Myanmar military atrocity on Rohingya ethnic community. Though the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the ...
AFP, Dubai :India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their long-awaited Asia Cup match which failed to live up to its hype in Dubai on Wednesday.Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (3-23) sent Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsing to just 162 all ...
Bangladesh U-18 national women's football team head coach Golam Rabanni Choton said they aim to play the final of the SAFF U-18 Women's Championship which is scheduled to be held from September 28 to October 7 in Thimpu, Bhutan.He was speaking at a pre-departure press conference on Thursday at the ...
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said US relations with North Korea are making "tremendous progress" from the days before his presidency when the two countries appeared close to "going to war."Trump said a recent letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed the positive track, which he said has ...
Actress Yami Gautam, who stars in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, says it is neither necessary nor possible for an actor to do issue-based films all the time. Yami was interacting with the media here on Wednesday at a promotional press conference of the film that releases on Friday. She was ...
Tributes flowed Wednesday for charismatic Japanese Mixed Martial Artist ( MMA) Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, who died at age 41, three weeks after announcing a battle with cancer.Born to a family of wrestlers and martial artists, the wiry, tattoo-covered Yamamoto took on larger opponents in a wide range of MMA events, ...
A STUDY has revealed that 4,300 acres of hills and forests have been razed in Cox's Bazar to set up refugee camps and cooking fuel for Rohingyas who fled ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Quoting the study, news media reported that about 3,000-4,000 acres of hill land at Teknaf and Ukhia ...
AP, Pyongyang :The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he'd permanently dismantle ...
Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims to have slept with Donald Trump over a decade ago, says in her upcoming tell-all book that it may have been the "least impressive sex" she'd ever had, The Guardian reported Tuesday.In her book, "Full Disclosure," Daniels also provides a graphic description of ...
Actor Hina Khan believes Bigg Boss helped her showcase her real personality, which is that of a woman who does not shy away from speaking her mind. The actor became one of the most talked about contestants on the 11th edition of the reality TV show, which has just begun ...
PAKISTAN government has decided to grant nationality to all Pakistan-born refugees of Bangladeshi and Afghan origins staying there for decades. Prime Minister Mr Imran Khan on Sunday made this announcement during his maiden visit to Karachi, saying the Bangladeshi and Afghan refugees who were born in Pakistan would get National ...
AFP, Barcelona :FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed concern about La Liga's proposal to stage a fixture between Girona and Barcelona in the United States.The two clubs have each approved a request submitted to the Spanish Football Federation for the match to be played at the Hard Rock Stadium in ...