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Wimbledon 2017: Icy dips for ailing hip helps Andy Murray stay mobile

Andy Murray suffered an injury scare in the week before Wimbledon as he pulled out of two exhibition matches at Hurlingham due to a sore hip sustained during his French Open semi-final loss to Stan Wawrinka in June.

tennis Updated: Jul 04, 2017 16:53 IST
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning the first round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik at Wimbledon on Monday.
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning the first round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik at Wimbledon on Monday.(Reuters)

World number one and defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is using daily ice baths and extra exercise to strengthen his sore hip and maintain his fitness throughout the SW19 event.

Murray suffered an injury scare in the week before Wimbledon as he pulled out of two exhibition matches at Hurlingham due to a sore hip sustained during his French Open semi-final loss to Stan Wawrinka in June.

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“My team have given me a few different exercises to do during the day when we’re together, and also at home in the evening,” Murray wrote in a column for BBC.

“It’s probably about 20 minutes of extra stuff... that means two freezing cold dips a day -- one at Wimbledon and one in my ice bath at home before bed.

“It might not be everyone’s ideal preparation for a good night’s sleep, but fortunately I’ve got used to plunging myself into ice-cold water over the years and I don’t mind it.”

The extra effort worked wonders on Monday as Murray cruised to a 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik without showing any signs of injury troubles in the first round at the All England Club.

However, former world number four Greg Rusedski believes Murray’s hip was a hindrance against Bublik and the 30-year-old’s lack of rest since earning top ranking last November would stop him from progressing past the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

“What does worry me is that Andy is so far from looking fresh. I don’t see why he can’t make it through to the semi-finals, but I also expect all the “Big Four” to go deep,” Rusedski wrote in a column for The Telegraph after the match.

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“And I am not sure he can beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in successive matches if he feels weary,” the Briton added.

“The bottom line is that Andy has had precious little rest since his crazy finish to last year. He might have improved his Wimbledon chances by either losing early at the French Open or skipping it altogether, but that is easy to say in hindsight.”

Murray remains focused on preparing for his second round match against an “unpredictable” Dustin Brown on Wednesday.

Evans ‘let himself down’ with poor decision-making

World number one Andy Murray says fellow Briton Dan Evans has a long road ahead of him if he wants to resurrect his career after the 27-year-old was provisionally suspended for failing a doping test for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in April.

Evans broke into the top 50 of the ATP rankings for the first time this year, reached his first Tour final at the Sydney International in January and also reached the last 16 at the Australian Open.

Evans and Murray were part of Britain’s Davis Cup squad and the pair reached the second round of the doubles tournament at Indian Wells in March.

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“He put himself in a position to do really well for the last few years of his career and he has blown that now... It’s going to be a long road back if he wants to do it,” Murray was quoted as saying by The Times.

“He has made poor decisions in the past and he made another really bad one there. He has let himself down and all of the people that help him. I’m sure his team and family will be extremely disappointed with what he’s done.

Evans is to face an International Tennis Federation hearing and could be banned for two to four years.

“It will be a difficult time for him, but he put himself in that position. The rules are very clear,” said Murray.

“He broke those rules and deserves his suspension.”