Andy Murray pulls out of Hurlingham match with a sore hip

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Andy Murray

Defending champion Andy Murray’s troubled build-up to Wimbledon continued on Thursday as he withdrew from playing an exhibition match because of a hip problem.

The 30-year-old Scot, who was named top seed at the All England Club for the first time on Wednesday, said rest is the best remedy for his hip.

“Sadly I won’t be ready to play at Hurlingham tomorrow, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it today and likely tomorrow,” said Murray.

Murray lost to journeyman Australian Jordan Thompson in the first round of Queen’s last week — his only match on grass this year — and failed to turn up for his two allocated practice sessions at Wimbledon on Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail.

He was unable to play an exhibition match against rising French star Lucas Pouille on Tuesday, as well as a knockabout game for Tim Henman’s charity foundation.

Provided by AFP Sport

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Andy Murray top Wimbledon seed for the first time, Novak Djokovic number two seed and Angelique Kerber leads women's field

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Defending champion: Murray.

Defending champion Andy Murray’s indifferent form of late did not prevent him being named top seed for Wimbledon for the first time on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Scot and world number one – who suffered a shock first round defeat at the hands of journeyman Australian Jordan Thompson at last week’s Queen’s tournament – will not face any of his fellow members of the ‘Big Four’ till the semi-finals.

Novak Djokovic, whose form has also taken a turn for the worse, Roger Federer, fresh from winning at Halle, and Rafael Nadal, re-invigorated after triumphing at the French Open, are seeded in the top four meaning it is the first time since Wimbledon in 2014 the quartet have been the top four seeds at a Grand Slam event.

Djokovic – a two time Wimbledon champion – and seven-time champion Federer both benefit from Wimbledon organisers habit of not sticking blindly to the world rankings.

Djokovic is raised to second seed despite being world ranked four and the Swiss master is promoted to third seed from a global ranking of five with second-ranked Nadal dropping down to fourth seed.

World number three Stan Wawrinka – overwhelmed by Nadal in the French Open final – has never reached the last four at Wimbledon and drops to fifth seeding.

The player in the men’s draw who gains most benefit from Wimbledon’s liberal seedings policy is Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller who is lifted 10 places from 26th in the world to 16th on account of his love of grass.

The women’s draw sees world number one and last year’s beaten finalist Angelique Kerber of Germany top the seedings with Romania’s French Open finalist Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina rounding up the top four.

Defending champion Serena WIlliams is absent as she awaits giving birth to her first child.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is seeded 11 and provided she recovers from an abdominal injury, which ruled her out of Eastbourne this week, could provide a fairytale winner after suffering severe wounds to her left hand while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home last December.

MEN’S SEEDINGS

1. Andy Murray (GBR), 2. Novak Djokoic (SRB), 3. Roger Federer (SUI), 4. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 5. Stan Wawrinka (SUI), 6. Milos Raonic (CAN), 7. Marin Cilic (CRO), 8. Dominic Thiem (AUT), 9. Kei Nishikori (JPN), 10. Alexander Zverev (GER)
11. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 13. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), 14. Lucas Pouille (FRA), 15. Gael Monfils (FRA), 16. Gilles Muller (LUX), 17. Jack Sock (USA), 18. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP), 19. Feliciano Lopez (ESP), 20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
21. Ivo Karlovic (CRO), 22. Richard Gasquet (FRA), 23. John Isner (USA), 24. Sam Querrey (USA), 25. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP), 26, Steve Johnson (USA), 27. Pablo Cuevas (URU), 28. Mischa Zverev (GER), 29. Fabio Fognini (ITA), 30. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 31. Karen Khachanov (RUS), 32. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)

WOMEN’S SEEDINGS

1. Angelique Kerber (GER), 2. Simona Halep (ROM), 3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE), 4. Elina Svitolina (UKR), 5. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 6. Johanna Konta (GBR), 7. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS), 8. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK), 9. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 10. Venus Williams (USA)
11. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 12. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA), 13. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), 14. Garbine Muguruza (ESP), 15. Elena Vesnina (RUS), 16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS), 17. Madison Keys (USA), 18. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT), 19. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI), 20. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
21. Carolina Garcia (FRA), 22. Barbora Strycova (CZE), 23. Kiki Bertens (NED), 24. Coco Vandeweghe (USA), 25. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP), 26. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO), 27. Ana Konjuh (CRO), 28. Lauren Davis (USA), 29. Daria Kasatkina (RUS), 30. Zhang Shuai (CHN), 31. Roberta Vinci (ITA), 32. Lucie Safarova (CZE)

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Novak Djokovic confirms Andre Agassi will coach him at Wimbledon

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Aiming to return to top form: Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic has confirmed Andre Agassi will be coaching him at Wimbledon for as long as he stays in the tournament.

Djokovic linked up with Agassi at the French Open last month after sacking the rest of his coaching team, but their relationship remains informal and on a rolling basis.

The American’s family and business commitments mean he has stopped short of committing to Djokovic full-time and there was some doubt about his role at Wimbledon, given he left Roland Garros half-way through.

But Djokovic, who will warm up for Wimbledon by playing the Aegon International at Eastbourne this week, insists Agassi will be there for as long as he needs him at the All England Club.

“He will not be here at Eastbourne, but he will be in London for Wimbledon,” Djokovic said.

“He will stay as long as I stay in the tournament so that’s great news. Obviously, at Roland Garros, the eight or nine days that we spent together were very valuable for me to get to know him, to learn from him.

“We shared a lot of experiences on and off the court, things that he has been through that I can relate to and vice-versa.

“So having him around is not only great for myself, but also for tennis. I’m just looking forward to spending as much quality time with Andre as I can.”

Djokovic’s surprise defeat to Dominic Thiem in Paris came after his new coach had departed and some have questioned the impact Agassi can have while working on such a part-time basis.

With Wimbledon starting in a week’s time, however, Djokovic indicated Agassi will arrive ahead of his first-round match on Tuesday.

“I think he’s supposed to arrive for next weekend, so he’s going to be there before the tournament starts,” Djokovic said.

“For now, we’re going with the flow in a way. Andre has a very busy life. He has a big family, he lives on the west coast of America, he’s got his foundation, his businesses – he has many, many things in his life that are consuming a lot of time.

“First of all, I appreciate all his consideration to work with me and to be with me, so we don’t have anything formal. We don’t have anything signed.

“It’s just as much as he can or he feels to be with me that I embrace that, I accept that, and I’m grateful for it.”

Djokovic has not played a competitive tournament between the French Open and Wimbledon since 2010, but the 12-time major champion took a wildcard for Eastbourne in a bid to find form.

He has a bye into the second round at Devonshire Park and will begin against world number 75 Vasek Pospisil on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

“I was fortunate to have lots of matches and lots of success in the first part of the year over the years,” Djokovic said.

“And because of the old schedule, we had a week less (before Wimbledon). That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t participated over the years in any lead-up events to Wimbledon.

“This year I knew I wanted to play one, but I thought Queen’s and Halle would be too early for me. I wanted to get some rest and get time to properly prepare.

“That’s the reason why I came to Eastbourne. And it’s a new place so from that point of view, it does give me that extra motivation to be here.”

Source: Press Association Sport

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