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Ruben Hill
July 2, 2017

Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, has confirmed his fitness for this year's tournament after a hip injury disrupted his preparation.

Murray took a tumble reaching for a backhand during a hit with Grigor Dimitrov and his hands went to his knees a couple of times as he stretched his body as near to the limit as he dared just a day before he opens the tournament on Centre Court against the unpredictable young Russian, Alexander Bublik.

But speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Murray said: "We're both obviously very happy and looking forward to it".

Murray revealed he has suffered with hip problems since he was very young, saying: "It's not something new to me". Been very sore the last few weeks.

But there had been fears he may not be able to play the event at all after pulling out of two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club just a week before his first match.

Murray will open his Wimbledon title defence against Alexander Bublik.

"But as I am today, if I feel like I am today, I'd be delighted and have no issues getting through".

"I haven't been in that sort of position too often, only a few days before a slam, and not felt good at all", he said.

The 30-year-old sportsman was seen limping while practising at Wimbledon over the weekend.

The two-time Wimbledon champion was said to have "grimaced" at times during the practice on Friday but looked "comfortable" in his final session.

"So that was why I needed to take the break, to try and give it a chance to settle down, calm down a bit".

'But, you know, just tried to think positively. I hope I'm still playing here for five, six, seven more years, if possible. I feel like I've done that'.

"Obviously a little bit more experience, a bit older now".

"I haven't played against him, but I've heard a few things from some of the players".

"Maybe it adds a little bit extra pressure, especially at this slam with the way the scheduling is, that you're the first one out there on Centre Court". I'm not sure that's going to be the case.

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