Sore hip rules Andy Murray out of Wimbledon warm up at Hurlingham

However, the decision was reportedly called as a precaution, with Murray still plotting to appear in the second match against an as-yet-unnamed opponent on Friday.

He will have played just that match on grass when he begins his Wimbledon campaign on Monday.

Ivan Lendl has insisted that he is not concerned by the disruption to Andy Murray's Wimbledon preparations after the world No 1 pulled out of another exhibition match yesterday.

Heading into Wimbledon, the 28-year-old will be short of match practice after suffering a shocking first-round defeat at the hands of world number 90 Jordan Thompson in his main warm-up event at Queen's Club last week.

The Briton, who was knocked out in the first round at Queen's last week, was due to play France's Lucas Pouille at the Aspall Tennis Classic.

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However, Murray was adamant the disruption would not hinder the defense of his Wimbledon crown.

"It is nerve-racking, I get very nervous and I feel the pressure before Wimbledon every year", Murray pointed out.

He has been hampered by various ailments throughout 2017; being struck down with shingles after the Australian Open; pulling out of the Miami Open with an elbow injury; and complaining of a virus on the eve of the French Open last month.

Despite a year which has seen him struggle with form, illness and injury, the Scot is set to be seeded No1 at the Wimbledon championships when the rankings are confirmed today. "I do find it stressful but I think it helps me concentrate better, play better", he added.

"Andy's as tough as nails and I think he's going to be there on Monday".

  • Regina Walsh