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Andy Murray misses Wimbledon practice to save labradoodle

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Andy Murray is busy preparing for the defence of his Wimbledon crown, but it appears there will always be time for a dog in need. 

The British No.1 must be hoping his relationship with new coach Amelie Mauresmo is at a good enough level that the Frenchwoman can understand the necessity to miss a few minutes of training to save a pooch. 

Murray, a noted canine man, revealed he was late to practice ahead of the Grand Slam at the All England Club after finding a labradoodle - cross between labrador and poodle - wandering the streets of London.

The fearless mutt was walking down the road as cars went by when the Scottish star decided to take action.

"I saw a dog running loose along the road and stopped to try to help," he said on his BBC Sport blog.

"After a bit of a struggle, I managed to get it in the back seat of my car, rang the number on the tag and eventually got the dog back to its owner, safe and sound. Quite what anybody in the passing cars made of it all, I've no idea!

"Hopefully there won't be any dogs in distress when I head back to the All England Club on Monday, a little earlier than I'm used to."

The Centre Court crowd on Monday will be expecting howls, only of joy, when Murray takes on David Goffin to launch his defence.

Goffin, who only just ranks inside the world's top 100, is not expected to cause the 27-year-old too many problems, his best finish is a third round showing in 2012.

However, looking forward, it seems as though it will take an achievement greater than his win over Novak Djokovic in the final last year for Murray to repeat the trick.

He finally relinquished the pressure and ended the wait for a first British winner at Wimbledon in over 70 years. Unfortunately for Murray, the likes of Rafael Nadal and Djokovic have been galvanized since that time.

The world no.5 hasn't shown his best performances in 2014 either, despite a plucky run to the French Open semis, after recovering from the back surgery that ended his golden year.

Murray won in 2013 under the guidance of former coach Ivan Lendl, but the pair have split and Mauresmo was appointed after a lengthy scouring process. 

While the former world No.3 has had a tough time - Nadal, world No.1, secured his record ninth Roland Garros crown earlier this month with some sumptuous play, despite being pushed all-the-way, again, against Djokovic in what has become tennis' most anticipated rivalry.

Furthermore, Roger Federer, despite the 32-year-old's decline in recent years, can never be discounted on the grass as he targets an eighth title that will make him SW19's most successful ever player. A warm-up win in Halle demonstrated the Swiss star's potential to dominate once more.

With all the competition, Murray will be keen to avoid being sent packing with his tail between his legs.

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