ANDY MURRAY has vowed to be back at Wimbledon – but only if his body lets him.
The two-time champion crashed out to American John Isner in four sets on Centre Court.
But the disappointed Scot insists this is NOT the end at SW19.
Murray, 35, said: “I mean, it depends on how I am physically. Physically I feel good, then I’ll try to keep playing.
“But it’s extremely difficult with the problems I’ve had with my body in the last few years to make long-term predictions about how I’m going to be even in a few weeks’ time, never mind in a year’s time.
“If physically I’m in a good place, yeah, I will continue to play.
“But it’s not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level.
“I feel disappointed right now. Obviously I wanted to do well here.
“I love playing at Wimbledon, a surface that I feel like I can still compete with the best.”
Asked if he still feels he can compete, he said: “Based on tonight’s match, my view hasn’t changed.
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“Like I said, I certainly didn’t serve well enough at the beginning of the match. But he’s a difficult opponent to play against.
“I don’t see why it should change that, change that view really.”
Murray had beaten Isner in all eight of their previous meetings but he was blown off Centre Court by the big serving American – and he admitted he had no answer.
He said: “When I had my opportunities, he served extremely well and didn’t give me lots of chances.
“When I did get them, I didn’t get many looks at second serves on important moments on his serve.
“I could have had a good run here.
“One of the reasons why improving your ranking and trying to get seeded is important, avoid playing top players and dangerous guys like that early in tournaments.
It’s not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level.
“Yeah, it’s one of those matches that, had I got through, who knows what would have happened.
“Yeah, it’s frustrating for different reasons.”
Murray’s plan now is to play more events this summer to try and improve his world ranking.
That in turn could lead to him being seeded at the US and Australian Opens
And Murray admits that’s what he needs in order to avoid dangerous opponents like Isner early on.
He said: “I really want to try and improve my ranking to a level where I’m getting seeded in slams.
“I was coming into Wimbledon feeling like I could have a deep run.
“But if you’re playing against top guys right at the beginning of the event, obviously makes it a little bit more challenging.
“That’s kind of what my goals are between now and the US Open.”
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