Ivan Lendl assured his player Andy Murray will regularly play Wimbledon despite he withdrew from his two exhibition matches on Tuesday and Friday in Hurlingham due to an hip injury. Lendl is not worried at all by Andy's current level: 'Unlike before Paris, he is hitting the ball really well.
Practice has gone well,' he told Daily Mail. Murray will enter into Wimbledon with only one match played on grass, the one lost to Jordan Thompson at Queen's in straight sets. 'I wasn't really surprised,' Lendl clarified.
'The first match on grass is always tricky. The guys who beat Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Andy had played qualifying or the previous week at a tournament. We have seen that movie over and over. Guys play matches, feel a little bit more comfortable than the guys who didn't play.
That's why Novak is in Eastbourne. He is not there because he likes Eastbourne — nothing against Eastbourne. It's because he is looking for matches on grass. It's a specific surface.' Also Roger Federer was optimistic about Murray's appearance at the All England Club. 'The way I know Andy, he's tough as nails and I feel like he's going to be there on opening Monday,' the Swiss said.
'There are injuries and injuries, and for me if he can get through that first round and feel better afterwards, absolutely he should play.' Novak Djokovic thinks the same as Federer: 'I'm sure Andy will be ready for Wimbledon.
I'm sure he is doing everything in his power to get himself ready and prepared for his first match. We have learned how to play through pain. Professional athletes are very familiar with pain on a daily basis, whether it's just a small stiffness, a tightness, a soreness, whatever you want to call it, or sometimes something even bigger.
He's a champion. He's someone who has proven so many times to people that he's one of the best players in the world. He's the defending champion of Wimbledon. You've got to take this into consideration.' ALSO READ: Andy Murray: 'Pressure at Wimbledon is nerve-wracking'