Despite losing in his first match at the Queen’s tournament, Andy Murray still believes he can take the Wimbledon title.
Murray was beaten by France’s Nicolas Mahut on Wednesday at the traditional pre-Wimbledon warm up championship; however the Scot is still confident that he will please the crowds at SW19.
“I don’t think it all went wrong. It was a very close match and it takes a bit of time to adjust to the grass courts,” Murray told reporters.
“The transition to grass isn’t normally too bad, but I did struggle with my movement especially early on in the match. That’s something that I will need to improve.
“I just need a few more days to get my movement right and then I’ll play better.”
Meanwhile, the world’s number five player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could be set to miss this year’s Wimbledon altogether after he suffered a broken finger while playing Ivan Dodig at the AEGON Championships.
The Frenchman lost in straight sets and it is unlikely that he will recover in time for Wimbledon at the end of this month.
Wimbledon has developed into a key event that attracts tennis fans around the world, with many staying in central London hotels so they are close to the all action. However, many are unaware of the history of the tournament and the reasons beyond its creation in the 19th century.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum’s commercial manager Ashley Jones explained: “The world’s greatest tournament exists because of a broken pony roller in 1877.
“Basically, they needed to raise money to fix the roller used on the courts so they held a tennis tournament, which proved more successful than they had anticipated.”