Andrew Murray will attempt to convince the public today that British tennis has a bright future when Tim Henman hangs up his racket. And if he has to go through some pain to do so, then so be it.
The 18-year-old Scot, watched by his mother Judy and coach Mark Petchey, practised at Wimbledon's Aorangi Park yesterday with the left ankle he damaged at Queen's a fortnight ago heavily strapped.
But he declared himself fit and ready for the challenge of his first-round opponent George Bastl, the 30-year-old Swiss player who caused one of Wimbledon's biggest shocks when he defeated reigning champion Pete Sampras in the second round in 2002.
"I am definitely going to play," Murray said. "There is maybe going to be a little bit of pain, but I think that is normal after a twisted ankle. That is not going to stop me from moving and running around 100 per cent. It is pretty much perfect. I have been playing points and am starting to move properly."Reuse content