AEGON Championships: Andy Murray has had no setbacks as he prepares for Queen's Club

Last Updated: 09/06/13 7:02pm

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World No 2 Andy Murray insists he is nearing full fitness as he prepares for the start of the grass court season at Queen's Club.

The Briton ended a sequence of three successive grand slam final appearances when he pulled out of the French Open because of a back injury.

And the Scot admitted it was a tough decision not to compete at Roland Garros, but is now focusing on landing the Aegon Championships trophy for the third time.

The 26-year-old told Sky Sports News: "It took probably eight or nine days rest where I did nothing and obviously got my back checked out, had scans and saw some doctors, specialists and basically came up with a plan to try and get myself as fit as possible for the grass court season.

"I've had no setbacks yet. I've practised well the last three, four days which has been really good."
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"I've had no setbacks yet. I've practised well the last three, four days which has been really good."

"That was a really, really hard decision for me because I played well in the slams and the big events.

"Since Wimbledon last year I made three slam finals and I would have been able to have a good run at the French, it's not often you get to compete in four slam finals in a row.

"You take your health for granted sometimes and I realised that after missing out on the French that I want to be back out on these courts.

"I want to be competing for those events and that's why I've done everything I can to get ready."

British company

Unlike at most ATP World Tour events, Murray will have British company in the singles, with James Ward, Dan Evans, Ed Corrie and 18-year-old Kyle Edmund all given wild cards, while Jamie Baker reached the main draw after seeing off Marcelo Melo 6-2 6-2.

It will be a first taste of the tour for Corrie and Edmund, who won his second junior grand slam title in the boys' doubles at Roland Garros.

Murray said: "They need to try and enjoy it and make the most of it. It's not something that happens every day for those guys.

"Kyle's been our best junior for the last couple of years. He's played well at some of the Futures events, he's won a couple, so it'll be a good test for him to see where he's at.

"He's not going to have much time to get used to the grass but it'll be a great experience for him.

"And for Dan, he needs to go out there and give 110 per cent. When he's done that, he's played some very good tennis and had some good wins.

"He's also been preparing on the grass for a while so he'll have more matches than most of the guys."

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