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WATCH: 'Heavy-Hearted' Murray forced to withdraw from Wimbledon

Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his bid for a record-breaking ninth title at Wimbledon, as this year's tournament gets under way without former winner Andy Murray.

Two-time champion Murray announced his withdrawal from the championships, saying he needs to continue his rehab and recovery following hip surgery.

It is the fourth straight grand slam Murray has withdrawn from and tennis fans queuing for tickets on Sunday near the famous south-west London grounds said they were disappointed the Scot would not feature in this year's matches.

Murray said he took the decision "with regret" and thanked people for their messages of support.

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