Andy Murray had a tremendous start to the grass-court season. He reached the semifinal of the Surbiton Trophy and then made it to the final of the Stuttgart Open a few days back before eventually losing to Matteo Berrettini in three sets 4-6,7-5,3-6. At Stuttgart, he notched up a couple of good wins against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios which should give him a lot of confidence.
During the Stuttgart Open final, Murray felt some discomfort in his hip and abs during the third set after which a trainer had to be called. He completed the match but wasn’t at his 100% and hence decided to withdraw from Queen’s Club Championships the following week. There were a lot of doubts about his Wimbledon participation but just a few days ahead of Wimbledon, Murray has announced some positive news.
Murray said that the next two days are very crucial for him and his intention is still to play Wimbledon as his injury is improving with each passing day. He then talked about the nature of his injury surrounding his game on grass.
“The next couple of days are pretty important for me,” Murray said. “Obviously, the plan is still to play. The injury is improving. I’ve had it rescanned and it’s progressing in the right way. But you can probably work out from the nature of the injury which shots it is that I’ve been struggling with and haven’t been able to practice [likely serve and overhead with such an injury].”
‘I’m feeling better than I was after the Stuttgart final’: Andy Murray
He added that he will start to increase some workload and see how his body responds to it. He emphasized that he is feeling better than what he felt at the Stuttgart final but due to his past concerns, he isn’t risking starting practice soon.
“In the next few days, I’ll start to increase that and test it out. Hopefully, it’s recovered sufficiently. I’m feeling better than I was on Sunday evening [after the Stuttgart final]. Training has been going well in some aspects. With the nature of the injury, it’s not stopped me from practicing. I’ve been able to do a lot of work on the court, but there are specific shots that I haven’t been able to practice yet. In the next couple of days, we’ll start to do that,” he said.