London - Defending champion Andy Murray's troubled build-up
to Wimbledon continued on Thursday as he withdrew from playing an exhibition
match because of a hip problem.
The 30-year-old Scot, who was named top seed at the All
England Club for the first time on Wednesday, said rest is the best remedy for
"Sadly I won't be ready to play at Hurlingham on Friday,
my hip is still sore and I need to rest it today and likely tomorrow,"
Murray lost to journeyman Australian Jordan Thompson in the
first round of Queen's last week - his only match on grass this year - and
failed to turn up for his two allocated practice sessions at Wimbledon on
Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail.
He was unable to play an exhibition match against rising
French star Lucas Pouille on Tuesday, as well as a knockabout game for Tim
Henman's charity foundation.