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MIKE DICKSON - EXCLUSIVE: Sportsmail gave Andy Murray a task - build us your perfect tennis player, based on who you have played against in your career.
Andy Murray and Jo Konta will try to meet the expectations of their home public at Wimbledon next week with significant doubts over their exact levels of fitness ahead of the tournament.
KIERAN GILL IN EASTBOURNE: Novak Djokovic does like to be beside the seaside after all. Spectators and seagulls were out in force to see him reach the Eastbourne final.
KIERAN GILL IN EASTBOURNE: A week in which Wimbledon hopeful Heather Watson took the scalps of the world Nos 9, 17 and 23 at Eastbourne ended in a loss to Caroline Wozniacki.
Johanna Konta has suffered a scare ahead of Wimbledon after being forced to withdraw from her semi-final at the Aegon International with a thoracic spine injury.
It's Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail's IAN LADYMAN reveals what's been making him feel warm and what's been leaving him cold. This week feature John McEnroe and Elland Road.
Andy Murray was back on the practice court at Wimbledon on Friday morning, with the draw having given him a reasonable outcome – if he is fit enough to take advantage of it.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club due to concerns about his hip and appears to be struggling with the injury.
KIERAN GILL IN EASTBOURNE: Heather Watson took Caroline Wozniacki the distance but was unable to become the first Brit to get to an Eastbourne final since Virginia Wade in 1976.
Hsieh is currently ranked 109 in the world, with her career high of 23 coming in 2013. That was also the same year the Taiwanese won the doubles at SW19. Her best singles run to the third round came in 2012.
MIKE DICKSON: Ivan Lendl moved on Thursday night to calm fears that Andy Murray's Wimbledon title defence is in jeopardy, insisting that he is happy with his player's preparation.
The world No 1 insisted that he will still be fit enough to take his place in the defending champion's slot on Centre Court at 1pm on Monday, but admitted that a sore hip is still causing him concern.
The stars of women's tennis stepped out in Kensington on Thursday night for the WTA's official pre-Wimbledon bash. Petra Kvitova will make her comeback at SW19 next week.
MIKE DICKSON: Wimbledon lost Marcus Willis on Thursday but found an immediate sprinkling of romance to replace him in Alex Ward, a player of even more humble status.
KIERAN GILL AT EASTBOURNE: A sobbing Johanna Konta overcame slipping and hitting her head off the turf on Thursday to beat world No 1 Angelique Kerber.
KIERAN GILL IN EASTBOURNE: After the first set was won in just 26 minutes, the second was considerably harder as Young put up a fight against the former world No 1.
Two days of rain delays at the south coast grass court event left a backlog of matches with Konta one of several facing a punishing schedule, with the last-four clash due to follow only hours later.
The world No 1's preparations were again undermined when injury forced his withdrawal from an exhibition match at Hurlingham scheduled for Friday.
Marcus Willis saw his dreams of a Wimbledon return dashed. Willis crashed out in straight sets to Ukraine's Illya Marchenko to miss out on a second Wimbledon appearance.
Britain's Katy Dunne missed out on the chance to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw after being beaten 7-5 3-6 6-2 by Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.