Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Andy Murray uncertain of Wimbledon plans after losing comeback match

Andy Murray uncertain of Wimbledon plans after losing comeback match

Andy Murray returned to action after almost a year out with a hip injury at Queen's on Tuesday, going down in a narrow defeat to Nick Kyrgios.

The Scot's last competitive match was his loss at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals in 2017 and he has since undergone surgery to fix the hip injury that has troubled him since the start of last season.

Kyrgios was trying to beat Murray for the first time in his career.

The Tennis Integrity Unit said Kicker can reduce his ban to three years if he "commits no further breaches".

A lot of the other players, coaches and fans were giving me messages and wishing me luck, saying it was great to see me back on the court.

Djokovic, however, is delighted to see Murray back on the court and admitted he does not like to see any tennis player miss out through injury.

Then I had some food, completed my media commitments and then I went back and did another 20-30 minutes with my physio before heading home. I wouldn't say we played unbelievable today, I played OK.

The comical scenes extended into the match as well at times, with numerous "tweeners" from Kyrgios giving the match more of an exhibition feel than an actual tournament.

"It was nice to finally get a win over him I can't really count it".

Britain's Andy Murray of Britain in action against Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their first round match at the Fever Tree Championships at Queen's Club in London, Britain, 19 June 2018.

"I don't know the state of his hips", Djokovic said.

And, speaking at Queen's on Sunday, the 31-year-old told former world number one Murray not to expect an instant return to former glories. I mean, at the end of the match I was certainly exhausted, but it wasn't like I was completely off my feet and didn't feel like I could move anymore and stuff.

"Two-all in the first set I split-stepped and my hip kind of, I don't know, just kind of pinched a little bit", he said.

"It was a very awkward match for me because I was thinking the guy hadn't played a match in a year, and I was getting smoked in the first set", he said. I broke him a fair few times. So, his long-awaited return to Tenns will be highly anticipated.

Djokovic is a lowly 21st in the ATP rankings and his wretched run continued with an embarrassing French Open quarter-final defeat against Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato.

Expectations will be high this year for Edmund, who has only previously won one main draw match at Wimbledon.

But in a lot of ways it was good to have a challenge like that, because of the way the match went - it was close, it was a long match.

Also, Milos Raonic, runner-up to Roger Federer last week in Stuttgart, won his opener when Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri retired hurt while trailing 6-1, 3-1.

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