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Andy Murray’s back surgery ahead of Wimbledon ‘a disaster’ as retirement looms, says Mats Wilander

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander has described the timing of Andy Murray’s back surgery as a “disaster” with Wimbledon just days away.

Britain’s former world number 1, who claimed the All England Club title in 2013 and 2016, had a cyst removed from his back on Saturday – nine days before the grass-court major starts.

Both Murray’s team and his mother Judy have stressed that no decision has been made yet, but an announcement on whether he will take part is likely imminent with the draw taking place on Friday morning.

Confusion arose on Sunday when both the ATP Tour and the Telegraph claimed Murray had withdrawn – before the ATP deleted their social media post. Those close to him said Monday that he continued to work with his medical team.

This year’s Wimbledon was widely expected to be Murray’s final appearance at the championships before he retires, but Wilander wonders whether the latest injury setback could delay the 37-year-old’s departure from the sport’s top level .

“When will he choose to retire? Do you hope he does it in many ways at Wimbledon, or is it to represent Great Britain at the Olympics? I’m not sure,” says Eurosport expert Wilander.

But especially now that Rafa is no longer Rafa, and Novak may not be playing at Wimbledon, I would think that if your name is Andy Murray, you look at the court and he has a chance to do extremely well at Wimbledon, which he did . last year too.

“So in a way it’s a disaster. I think Andy Murray will show up when he’s 90 percent healthy. Especially if it will be the last tournament of his career.

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Murray withdraws from the second round match at Queen’s with an injury

“I think he’s at the stage where (he thinks) ‘yes, it could be my last tournament, but I also feel like I have a chance to win Wimbledon’ – because of his knowledge of Wimbledon and the grass track.

“It’s very sad if he can’t play, but I think that means we can still see him play a tournament somewhere because I think Andy Murray is going to play a match and retire to that field after losing his football career. last match.

“He’s so knowledgeable about the history of the game and he’s given so much to professional tennis, especially in Britain. I think he wants to make it public on Centre Court at Wimbledon. I hope he’s healthy and doesn’t retire personally at Wimbledon.”

Rafael Nadal has already withdrawn from the tournament to concentrate on playing on clay at the Paris Olympics, while Djokovic is in doubt after his own operation on his knee – although he has been practicing at The All England Club.

But Nadal has expressed doubts whether this will indeed be his last season and Wilander believes Murray could do the same if he cannot leave the sport on his own terms.

“You don’t have to be healthy for twelve months in a row. You can get hurt and then you just have to go back to work. It is possible to get it back physically, and it is possible to get it back emotionally,” Wilander said.

“I think Nadal has proven that, and I think Andy Murray has proven that to himself: age is mainly just a number if you stay healthy, if you eat the right things and if you train all the time.

“Okay, he never got back to the top of the game, but the difference between where Andy Murray came back and where he was when he was number one in the world is not very big physically.

“Mentally there is a small difference, but it is not huge. I think he knows that. I think he knows that if I get injured, I work hard and I can play professionally again.”

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