"I'm willing to take that risk" says Andy Murray on plans to play at Wimbledon despite spinal cyst

Sunday, 30 June 2024 at 11:25
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Andy Murray had a huge crowd watching him at Aorangi Park yesterday as he attempts to make a last gasp bid to reach Wimbledon despite having a back procedure recently on a spinal cyst which seemed to rule him out of a final farewell at SW19.
But Murray seems determined to play Tomas Machac on Tuesday in what could be pretty awful scenes if his practice is anything to go by as well as his match against Jordan Thompson where he was injured and retired after being thrashed in the opening set.
Murray isn't one to quit as his resurfacing five years ago proved when he added another few years onto a career that seemed to be over. Many want Murray to decide when he has his farewell and not have it taken away from him. He has the same point of view and so will aim to do that over the next week with a backup likely being men's doubles. He is set for this alongside his brother, Jamie Murray in a first Grand Slam pairing.
A tournament which he has won twice, he is a British hero and he admits that while it might get taken out of his own hands, he will take a big risk in order to play against Machac on Tuesday in a match that will likely get Centre Court billing.
"Obviously, I haven’t done much for the last week… just trying to do what I can, trying to keep progressing each day. Whether there’s enough time or not, I don’t know, but I’m trying," said Murray on Saturday after training.
"There’s risks associated with what I’m trying to do and I’m willing to take that to try and play. So yeah, we’ll see what happens."
"I need to be able to move properly, which I can’t yet, so let’s see in 48 hours or so. I don’t know - tough to know how it’s going to progress, really."

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