Andy Murray may withdraw from Wimbledon doubles

Undecided Andy Murray is having “second thoughts” about playing Wimbledon mixed doubles. The Scot is already confirmed to play with French...

Undecided Andy Murray is having “second thoughts” about playing Wimbledon mixed doubles.

The Scot is already confirmed to play with Frenchman Pierre Hugues-Herbert in the men’s doubles next month.

But having been turned down by several female stars, he is realising the schedule increase might be too much as he continues his recovery from January’s hip op.

Murray, 32, said: “Physically I’m fine. I’am having second thoughts about playing in the mixed doubles because I have spoken to a few people and they say matches can get backed up at the end of the tournament.

“I’ll need to speak to my team before making a decision.”

The former world No1 will arrive at SW19 next week on a high having won the Queen’s doubles title alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in his comeback event.

Close friend Bob Bryan, the respected American doubles player, also has a metal hip implant and he reckons playing in two doubles events is taxing on the body.

Bryan, 41, said, “If there is any back-up in the schedule with rain, weather or darkness, it can be a lot of sets in one day.”

“We have situations where we have played five men’s doubles matches in the space of the second week, mixed in with the mixed doubles matches, and a lot of times it was eight sets in a day.

“It’s too much for me at this age. I don’t feel like doing it. I don’t want to lose any speed on my serve for the men’s doubles.

“I don’t want any fatigue. I don’t do it. Andy is 10 years younger. He would have zero problem doing it. But if he wants to shift his focus, I can understand.

“Especially if he doesn’t get the partner he wants. Why waste your time?”

Murray was talking at the Tim Henman Foundation Pro-Am tournament at Hurlingham and was wearing Wimbledon whites for the first time this summer – a sight many thought they would never see when he announced his career fears fives months ago.

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