While the 31-year-old reluctantly announced his withdrawal from the Rosmalen tournament in Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands where he had been scheduled to make his first competitive appearance in just less than a year, there was a rare shaft of light for his army of supporters when he said he was "still aiming to play in the coming weeks".
"It is with regret that I won't be ready to play in Hertogenbosch".
With Wimbledon starting on July 2, Murray's objective of making a comeback for the grass-court season is still within reach, according to his mother. He had a hip operation in January and has not played since Wimbledon past year.More news: Yahoo Messenger will shut down next month. Bye, Felicia
Murray underwent hip surgery in January after a six-month lay-off and hasn't been able to play competitive tennis since hobbling out of his Wimbledon quarter-final against Sam Querrey a year ago.
He told Jaguar: 'It's been very slow, I've been out getting close to a year now - which is a lot longer than me or any of my team were expecting in the beginning but I'm getting closer to playing again.
"Any player who has been out injured, it takes you a bit of time to get back to top form".More news: American soldier killed in Somalia as troops come under mortar fire
He said in a video shot at a promotional appearance for a vehicle sponsor that he recently began training again and is still hoping to play on the grass.
The next grasscourt tournament is Queen's, which starts on 18 June.
"I'm hoping I'll be there", he added. But former Fed Cup captain Judy says her son - now the British number two behind Kyle Edmund - will not risk playing at Wimbledon if he is not ready.More news: Madison Keys edges past Yulia Putintseva to reach semi-finals
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