Andy Murray has played down talk that he is panicking over his disappointing form ahead of Wimbledon, following a surprise early exit from Queens in his last live tennis outing.
The Scot had gone into the tournament as the defending champion, but was beaten at the first stage by a stubborn Nicolas Mahut on centre court, 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (1-7).
Murray had started his grass court campaign on the back of his quarter-final exit at the French Open earlier in the month, once again coming up short in his bid to win a maiden grand slam.
The world number four never looked at his best in Paris, and the same can be said for his defeat to an opponent ranked 60 places below him at Queens.
While this defeat will only further cast doubts over Murray’s ability to go all the way at Wimbledon, the Scot has insisted he is relaxed over his form and ready take on the pressures of performing at SW19.
“This kind of thing happens often. Novak Djokovic isn’t playing the next two weeks so there is no need for me to panic.”
“I lost the match 7-6 in the third in my first game of the tournament and it takes a bit of time to adjust to the grass courts.”
“He played well today. I thought I played some decent tennis, and I felt like I was striking the ball well, but I missed some shots in the tie-break in the third.”
With so many of Murray’s rivals in considerably better form than himself at the moment, the Scottish star won’t be tipped by many to clinch his first grand slam title.
But there will still a few brave souls who believe their boy can finally do it, and who will consider Murray in the tennis betting offers market.