Andy out of Wimbledon
Andy Murray says he “gave everything” to battle through a hip injury but could not prevent his Wimbledon defence ending in a quarter-final defeat.
Briton Murray lost 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 to American 24th seed Sam Querrey in the last eight.
The 30-year-old was limping heavily as the match wore on, struggling with his movement as Querrey took advantage.
“I tried my best until the end. The whole tournament, I’ve been a little bit sore,” said Murray.
“I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing so I wanted to try, if possible, to find a way. Obviously it wasn’t the case.”
Murray’s preparations for the defence of his Wimbledon title were hampered by the hip problem, which he says is a long-standing issue.
The Scot pulled out of two warm-up matches at a pre-tournament event in London, and was then seen limping while walking during his practice sessions at SW19.
However, the issue did not hamper him too much as he came through his opening four matches to set up the meeting with Querrey.
“I managed to get through a bunch of matches and did OK,” he said. “I was pretty close today. It wasn’t like I was a million miles away from winning the match.”
Murray says he will meet with his team – which includes coaches Ivan Lendl and Jamie Delgado, as well as his fitness advisers – on Thursday to discuss his options.
He has not ruled out taking a break before the hard-court season, which includes the US Open in late August.
“I’ll sit down with my team and look at the next step, look a little bit longer-term,” he said. “We will come up with a plan about what I have to do next.”