Next week’s ATP event in Eastbourne could prove to be the last-chance tournament venue for Andy Murray prior to the start of Wimbledon.

The Scot was dismissed on Thursday in the Queens club second round 6-3, 6-3 by Italian top seed Matteo Berrettini and will now consider his next move with his team.

The ATP 250 on the English south coast could provide a few more matches for the three-time Grand Slam winner as he works to make a full comeback after his pair of hip operations.

But the 34-year-old remains torn between perfecting his tennis and getting out of the strict, morale-sucking tournament COVID-19 player lockdown which characterises events in the pandemic period.

“Ideally I’d like to play some matches, I felt like today showed my lack of matches,” Murray said. 

“I just didn’t play that well (even though) against the top players you’re not going to get loads of opportunities on the grass when someone is serving like that (14 aces).

“I would like to have more matches, but at the same time, but with the bubble it’s tricky. 

So I’m not sure if I will try and do that or not. I’ll need to speak to my team. But I would think it’s unlikely.”

While his hip fitness seems to be more or less holding up, Murray has been dealing for months with a mystery groin complaint which compromises his comeback.

“It’s a slightly complex issue, they’re still not entirely sure what the problem is.

“Some of it could be coming from the tendon. Structurally there is nothing wrong, so it becomes more about managing the discomfort. 

“I do feel like I genuinely have been hitting the ball well in practice, but then like today when you’re under a bit more pressure and the guy is serving 140 miles an hour, like, it’s difficult to prepare for that.

“You just need to be on the court with the top players, that’s what I’ll try and do the next week, ten days, get out there and play with them as much as possible. 

“But (knowing) that I need to manage the groin a little bit, as well. It’s a bit tricky.”


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