Andy Murray admits he may miss Wimbledon after making long-awaited comeback at Queen’s

ANDY MURRAY admits he may miss Wimbledon – if his body reacts badly to his comeback defeat.

In the end, the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak as Murray lost 2-6 7-6 7-5 to Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's – his first competitive match for nearly a year.

 Andy Murray made his long-awaited return to tennis after almost a year out

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Andy Murray made his long-awaited return to tennis after almost a year out

The two-time SW19 winner has less than a fortnight to be ready for best-of-five-sets tennis and only one more tournament, at Eastbourne next week, to test his dodgy right hip and all-around fitness.

Murray said: “I won't rule anything out just now.

“I won't rule out playing Eastbourne and not playing Wimbledon.

“I wouldn't rule out not playing a tournament next week and trying to get matches like in an exhibition tournament, as well, to get ready for Wimbledon.

“How I feel like tomorrow is relevant, as well, because if I wake up and I really don't feel good tomorrow, then that's obviously not a great sign for, best-of-five-set tennis at this stage.

“However, if I pull up and feel okay, then that's a good sign.

“At the end of the match, I was certainly tired, but it wasn't like I was completely off my feet and didn't feel like I could move anymore and stuff.

“But, you know, potentially if it was a five-setter, that could have been another hour and a half of tennis and, you know, probably would have been difficult for me.”

 Andy Murray was beaten in three sets by Nick Kyrgios at Queen's

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Andy Murray was beaten in three sets by Nick Kyrgios at Queen's
 Andy Murray played his first match since his Wimbledon loss to Sam Querrey last July

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Andy Murray played his first match since his Wimbledon loss to Sam Querrey last July

The iron-willed Scot produced a performance which was in many ways incredible after not hitting a ball in anger for 342 long days.

But the way his body began to fail him, from the middle of the second set, was all too believable.

Kyrgios managed his first victory over his friend and sometime mentor by refocusing after tossing away the first set with silly serving and don’t care shots, then letting a second-set lead slip.

The Scot saved two match points in the 10th game of the decider, but double-faulted on a third which ended a fascinating contest in a way neither it nor he deserved.

 Andy Murray could miss Wimbledon depending on how his body reacts

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Andy Murray could miss Wimbledon depending on how his body reacts

Former world number one Andy Murray says he’s looking forward to returning to professional Tennis

Murray can should be proud of his level of performance 342 days after his last competitive match.

Whatever his physical issues, there was no questioning his desire and fighting spirit.

Nor was there any doubt about how much the return of one of Britain’s greatest athletes meant to him and his fans.

Murray said: “I was emotional before the match. Once it got going, you know, I was okay.

“There was times when I was sort of thinking a little bit towards the end of the match…maybe because it was my first match in a long time and I obviously would have loved to have won, emotions kind of got in the way a little bit there.”

ANDY MURRAY admits he may miss Wimbledon – if his body reacts badly to his comeback defeat.