Murray to get extra practice, rest watch soccer after Queen's Club loss

Saturday, June 14, 2014 /by
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Andy Murray, who lost his second match at Queen's Club, says he will use the extra few days to get some more practice on grass before starting the defense of his Wimbledon title.

Murray reached the semifinals of the French Open this year after withdrawing from the tournament a year ago because of a back injury.

"The difference between this year and last year is obviously I played a lot of matches the last couple of weeks, you know, at the French Open," he said after his defeat against Radek Stepanek. "Whereas coming in last year I probably had about a week, 10 days' preparation on the grass before I started here."

Murray had scheduled a break after playing Queen's Club, which he will take this week, and spend next week practicing and playing an exhibition at Hurlingham.

"Sometimes the rest is as important as the training, because you don't want to go into a tournament like Wimbledon tired and not fresh.

"So I'll take a couple of days off and then start practising Sunday evening and start getting ready," he said.

The 27-year-old also saw it as an opportunity to spend some time at his London residence, and watch some World Cup matches.

"In some ways, it can be good, providing I use next week properly,” he said. “For me, it’s probably going to get quite hectic towards the end of next week. So over the next few days it will be nice just to have a bit of peace and quiet.

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