Murray’s shock Queen’s exit

Andy Murray is knocked out at Queen's by France's Nicolas Mahut.
Andy Murray is knocked out at Queen's by France's Nicolas Mahut.
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Andy Murray’s grass-court preparation for Wimbledon next week will consist of no more than two exhibition matches after his shock elimination from the AEGON Championships further dampened expectations around Britain’s number one.

Murray was expected to cruise to the final of the tournament at Queen’s but he was outgunned by unseeded Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (1/7) yesterday.

Murray will not play the doubles tournament at Queen’s and claims he is unlikely to take part in the AEGON International at Eastbourne.

“I’ll discuss it with the guys over the next couple of days as to what I’m going to do, whether I play one or two of the exhibition matches next week,” Murray said.

“It’s unlikely I will play a tournament, but I’ll probably try and get a couple more matches in.”

The Scot, who suffered a back injury and exited the French Open at the quarter-final stage two weeks ago, is not concerned he will be under-prepared for the All England Club, where he has reached the semi-finals in the last three years.