Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Murray pain as loss dents Wimbledon preparations


And then it was the world number one and top seed, Andy Murray who just couldn't lift his performance to tame another Australian, the world No.90 and a Lucky Loser entry, Jordan Thompson 7-6 (4) 6-2.

Losing in the first round at Queen's Club doesn't mean I can't go on and do well at Wimbledon.

Raonic finished as Queen's and Wimbledon runner-up past year, but the Canadian's hopes of another strong showing on grass were wrecked by Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis's 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (10/8) triumph.

"It's a big blow, for sure", Murray admitted. When I have done well here, Wimbledon has tended to go pretty well, too.

"Andy is number one in the world and the big four have played and won so many huge matches so to go down and play in Eastbourne would be something of an anti-climax".

This wouldn't be the first time Murray has donated his prize money from the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

Defeat has not wrecked Murray's preparations to begin the defence of his Wimbledon title on Monday week but it has put a totally unexpected hole in them.

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"I was hoping to get a game, I was coming in and signing in and hoping for the best", he said.

"Obviously the disappointment is high right now, but whatever the result was this week, I don't think that's really going to change my chances at Wimbledon". I need to get myself out there on the practice court.

With less than a month of grass court play between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, it's important for participating athletes to make their efforts count.

But, while Thompson might not have Murray's glittering trophy cabinet, the 23-year-old was already up to speed on grass after reaching the finals of the Surbiton Challenger last week.

"I just did everything as usual".

Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka both made losing starts to their grass-court seasons by crashing out in the first round at Queen's.

Nobody could have predicted an outcome like this, especially because Jordan Thompson was a lucky loser who didn't even reach the main draw. I proved it at the French and there are many, many cases of it in the past.

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"I don't see the lack of matches as a problem", Rusedski said.

Yesterday, #Andy Murray lost his opening match at Queen's Championships, an ATP 500 event where he was the defending champion.

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"I was sitting around hoping to get a match".

The loss for the three-time grand slam victor meant back-to-back defeats at the opening bell for Wawrinka at the tournament.

"I would have liked to have done well here for a number of reasons, that being a very good one", he explained. He was a very pale imitation of the man who marched through the grass-court season unbeaten previous year and he was not altogether sure why. I ve looked up to him.

Sydney-born Thompson has never won a Tour level title, while Murray has amassed 45, including three Grand Slams.

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