Andrew Murray has withdrawn from the 10tele.com Open in Nottingham yesterday in order to safeguard his place in the main draw at Wimbledon next week.
The 18-year-old Scot will not risk aggravating the ankle injury he sustained in his defeat to Thomas Johansson in the third round of the Stella Artois Championships last Wednesday.
Coincidentally, Murray had been due to begin his Nottingham campaign against Johansson today.
Despite being diagnosed with slight ligament damage after an MRI scan, Murray's team are insistent that his eagerly-awaited Wimbledon senior debut is not in doubt.
Murray, the reigning US Open junior champion, said: "I'm very disappointed to miss the opportunity to play at Nottingham - I heard it's a great tournament.
"It was a close call but as there is a slight inflammation still in the ankle, I have been advised to limit my time on court for the next two days. I am really looking forward to playing at Wimbledon."
The news represents a huge blow for tournament organisers but also for Johansson himself, who said he had been relishing a rematch with Murray.
Johansson said: "I am disappointed because he is a good player and a talented guy and I was looking forward to playing him again.
"But it is not a bad idea. Last week was a tough week for him and he hurt his ankle. I think this is a good thing for his game so he can concentrate on Wimbledon."
British No 9 Jonathan Marray won his all-British first round match against Alan Mackin and looked forward to erasing last year's Wimbledon nightmare.
The 24-year-old Yorkshireman triumphed 6-2, 6-3 with a typically strong display of serve-and-volley tennis to book his second round place.
Marray is still rediscovering his confidence after a terrible All England Club loss after squandering three match points led to him finishing a largely promising year in dismal fashion. He won just one match in his next nine tournaments.
Marray said: "I have been doing better recently because that Wimbledon defeat did knock the stuffing out of me.
"Now if I can keep going here and get a good draw at Wimbledon hopefully I can erase some of the memories of last year."