BREAKING NEWS: Andy Murray skips Wimbledon, career at the end?

The Briton will not play the Championships after the back surgery

by Lorenzo Ciotti
BREAKING NEWS: Andy Murray skips Wimbledon, career at the end?
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The news was in the air after the announcement of back surgery for a spinal cyst but now it's official: Andy Murray will not participate at the Wimbledon Championships. A news that the Briton and his fans really didn't want, considering that Andy, in his plans, would have wanted to give his farewell to tennis at the All England Club. The recovery time is unknown, but at this point it seems unlikely also his participation at the Paris Olympics.

The 37-year-old Scot had withdrawn injured at the Queen's Club Championships in his second round match against Jordan Thompson due to a nerve problem in his right leg. Instrumental tests then revealed that the problem required surgery which will keep him out of action for around six weeks. Wimbledon begins in a week, while the Olympic tennis tournament begins on July 27.

"During the pre-match warm-up I was quite uncomfortable and then I went up the stairs, just before entering the pitch, I didn't have the normal strength in my right leg. It wasn't a usual sensation.  Then the first two balls I hit in the warmup, my right leg was so uncoordinated. I had no coordination. Then, yes, my right leg wasn't working well," he told at the Queen's press conference.

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This news, although expected, could put an end to Murray's career, who, as mentioned, in the farewell of his dreams would have wanted to greet his fans by walking the Wimbledon lawns once again. The Scot made tennis history at home and beyond, becoming the first British tennis player since Fred Perry to win the Wimbledon title. Murray achieved this milestone in 2013, 77 years after his illustrious countryman. He did it after he lost the Wimbledon final in 4 sets against Roger Federer in 2012.

However, he redeemed himself a few weeks later again on the lawns of the All England Club, beating the Swiss Maestro in the final for Olympic gold in London 2012. A few weeks later he won his first Slam at the US Open, beating Novak Djokovic in 5 sets.

In his career, Murray has won 3 Majors: US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013 and 2016, losing another 8 Slam finals, winning a total of 46 titles, including 14 ATP Masters 1000 and 2 consecutive Olympic gold medals. In 2016, at the end of the season, Andy won the ATP Finals and became ATP No.1, crowning an amazing season.

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