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Andy Murray suffered a terrible development before Wimbledon as tennis fans left heartbroken

Andy Murray‘s hopes of a dream farewell at Wimbledon have been dealt a devastating blow after injury forced the Brits out tennis star withdrew from his second round match at the Queen’s Club Championships. Murray lasted just five games against Australian Jordan Thompson after admitting he struggled with stairs and in pre-match warm-ups.

Murray played the traditional introductory event for Wimbledon ahead of what is expected to be his last time playing at the All England Club next month. But the 37-year-old’s prospects of competing at Wimbledon on his own terms look bleak after the latest in a long list of sad injury setbacks for the three-time national champions.

Andy Murray's preparations for Wimbledon have suffered a devastating setback after he was forced to retire with an injury during the Queen's tournament.  Photo: GettyAndy Murray's preparations for Wimbledon have suffered a devastating setback after he was forced to retire with an injury during the Queen's tournament.  Photo: Getty

Andy Murray’s preparations for Wimbledon have suffered a devastating setback after he was forced to retire with an injury during the Queen’s tournament. Photo: Getty

The Scot was clearly in pain during his opening match against Thompson and had to take a medical timeout when he was 2-1 down. Murray competes with a metal hip and has been dealing with an ankle injury and back issues this year. He received treatment at the side of the court before returning for just two more matches before finally drawing the pin.

“I’ve never had such a loss of coordination, control and strength in my leg,” Murray told reporters, before adding that his pre-existing back problems had caused the problem in his right leg. “I’ve been having problems with my back for a while. I lost the strength in my right leg, so I lost all motor control, I had no coordination and couldn’t really move.

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“I was happy with yesterday’s win but my back has been a problem for a while and it was sore in the lead up to the tournament and it was sore during my match yesterday and into today… During my preparation for the match warm-up I felt quite uncomfortable and when I walked up the stairs just before the match I didn’t have the usual strength in my leg, it was not a usual feeling for Murray – who is a five-time winner at Queen’s and two-time Wimbledon champion said he had been having problems “for about 10 years or so.”

In all likelihood, it was the last time Murray played at the famous London venue, where he won five titles and the fan favorite was given a rousing reception as he left the field. Murray looked desperate as he waved to the crowd, including his wife and mother, as spectators applauded the British champion and fans took to social media to pray for his speedy recovery in time for Wimbledon.

Thompson last beat Murray at Queen’s in 2017 when the Scot was Wimbledon champion and world number 1, but this time it was a very different affair. The Australian was booed when he hit a drop shot that the ailing Murray could never reach, but he admitted it was a bittersweet feeling to advance to the next round for his opponent in such dire circumstances.

“I could tell he had a problem in the warm-up and then on his first serve,” said Thompson, who will face Taylor Fritz in the last eight after American No. 1 former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic won 7- 6 defeated (7-6). 5) 6-4. “I learned a lot from watching him play, so it’s an honor to share the court with him, but it’s just sad that it ended like this.”

Andy Murray waved goodbye to the crowd at Queen's in what many thought would be the last time he played at the famous London tennis tournament.  Photo: Getty Andy Murray waved goodbye to the crowd at Queen's in what many thought would be the last time he played at the famous London tennis tournament.  Photo: Getty

Andy Murray waved goodbye to the crowd at Queen’s in what many thought would be the last time he played at the famous London tennis tournament. Photo: Getty

Thompson is joined in the last eight by fellow Sydneysider Rinky Hijikata, who scored a fine victory over Italian Matteo Arnaldi. Hijikata’s 7-6 (7-0) 7-6 (9-7) victory was a delight for the 23-year-old, who had not won a match since mid-April until his good performance in qualifying at Queen’s.

Hijikata only advanced to the last 16 due to an injury to American Frances Tiafoe and the Australian sharpened up with the finish in sight against Arnaldi after squandering five match points. He ultimately saw out the match, setting up a showdown with in-form American Sebastian Korda, who won 6-4 3-6 7-5 against 2014 Queen’s winner Grigor Dimitrov.

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