FOR Andy Murray, it is over before it even began.
The British number one has pulled out of Wimbledon just 24 hours before he was due to play his first round match on No 1 Court.
Andy, 20, took what has to be the right decision after an indoor practice session this afternoon.
Fans already queuing up outside the All England Club to see their hero in action will be disappointed.
But the Scot simply could not risk further damage to his wrist by competing against Ecuador’s Nicolas Lapentti.
“I have done everything possible to get ready for Wimbledon,” explained Andy.
“I have played practice sets the last few days but still cannot hit a topspin forehand properly.
“It has been six weeks of really hard work but I’m not 100 per cent ready.
“The wrist is a very important part of tennis and there are a number of players who have made the decision to come back too soon and ended up with long-term injuries and I do not want to take the risk and make the same mistake.
“The doctor has advised me not to play and that I probably need about 10 days to be ready. Unfortunately, I don’t think it is going to rain for the next 10 days.
“I love playing Wimbledon because of the great support I get from the British public and that is what I will miss the most.”
Yesterday Andy sat in the press interview room and made optimistic noises about playing.
But his participation here always looked like a risk not worth taking.
There are plenty of Wimbledons ahead for Murray, not to mention the US Open later this summer.
It leaves the stage clear for Tim Henman, 32, at what might – or might not – be his farewell Wimbledon.
With the weather forecast looking a little better for tomorrow, he’s second on Centre Court after current men’s champion Roger Federer.
Most experts agree that Henman’s chances of ever winning Wimbledon have gone.
And given his form so far this year, many of his supporters will simply be happy if he manages to overcome Spaniard Carlos Moya in the first round.
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