Far from relaxed

Great Britain's Andy Murray during day three of the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London.  Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Andy Murray during day three of the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London. Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
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Andy Murray admitted to being stressed out after the ankle injury he suffered at the French Open left him in a Catch-22 situation about whether to play at the AEGON Championships.

Andy Murray admitted to being stressed out after the ankle injury he suffered at the French Open left him in a Catch-22 situation about whether to play at the AEGON Championships.

The British number one kicked off his Wimbledon preparations with a 6-3 5-7 6-3 victory over Xavier Malisse at Queen’s Club last night, even though part of him did not want to be out on centre court.

Murray damaged ligaments and partially tore a tendon in his right ankle - and in an ideal world he would be resting and treating it this week.

But Wimbledon starts in less than a fortnight and Murray also needs time on grass courts in order to adapt properly from the clay surface at Roland Garros.

Murray has committed to playing at Queen’s this week and he will face Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in the third round.

But the world number four is taking it carefully, determined not risk his Wimbledon dream.

“It’s been quite a stressful few days to decide because I was desperate to play here but also didn’t want to end up messing up for Wimbledon,” said Murray. “It’s a tough one. The situation we’re in is you have very little time between now and Wimbledon, and you want to play matches on this surface.

“I want to play here, play as many matches as possible but I also want to go into Wimbledon pain-free.

“Playing on it is not exactly the best course of action to get an ankle better. Each day you play you may not be making it worse, but it’s also not making it go away.

“If this tournament was irrelevant then I wouldn’t be playing. But it is relevant so the fact is that I’m here trying to play as many matches as possible.”

Heather Watson, newly installed inside the world’s top 100, marched into the third round of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham after a 6-2 6-4 triumph over Japan’s world number 133 Misaki Doi.