n the eve of stepping on courtroom for his first singles match in three months, Andy Murray’s self-assessment was hardly a rallying cry for the summer season forward.
The 34-year-old mentioned merely that he felt okay, though not good as he prepares to face Benoit Paire at Queen’s Membership on Tuesday.
Taking into account the stop-start nature of his enjoying profession since coming back from hip surgical procedure, Murray is understandably reticent to make any type of predictions.
Talking within the match build-up on Monday, he mentioned: “I’ve been practising effectively during the last month and fairly persistently. I’ve been coaching at Wimbledon.
“The query mark is clearly whether or not the physique holds up and, you understand, I can’t say with any nice certainty proper now whether or not that’s going to occur or not, as a result of I’ve been feeling good at completely different factors all through the final 9 months or so and, you understand, practised very well, felt good going into tournaments.
“Then, you understand, one thing’s occurred or no matter occurred in Miami. I can’t say with any nice certainty that I will likely be okay. I hope I will likely be as a result of…my tennis is okay and in an excellent place. However you understand bodily I would like to carry up underneath enjoying matches.”
It hardly suggests the type of grasscourt season Murray has loved up to now with titles at Queen’s adopted by Wimbledon crowns and even Olympic gold on the similar SW19 courts.
However with the solar beating down at Queen’s, Murray mentioned for now he was comfortable merely to be on courtroom in any respect.
“The explanation why I’m nonetheless enjoying is as a result of I like enjoying tennis,” he mentioned. “It’s tough to interchange, you understand, being on the market and competing on a tennis courtroom and enjoying sport on the highest degree. I wish to hold enjoying so long as I can.
“I do know that I can nonetheless compete with the most effective gamers on the planet. I’ve been doing it persistently in apply during the last six months and definitely on grass I don’t see why not.
“My degree continues to be good. It’s simply I would like my physique to carry up and it’s been extraordinarily irritating for me with all of the completely different points.”
The French Open – with a 34-year-old and 35-year-old slugging it out for the title, to not point out Roger Federer nonetheless in motion simply shy of his 40th birthday – gave little suggestion that age will maintain Murray again.
However the query stays of his hip and the resultant issues from that on the remainder of his physique.
Whereas comfortable simply to be enjoying the sport he loves, he admitted watching Sunday’s five-set epic between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas on tv did have him craving to be concerned in comparable battles.
“There’s a little bit of me that’s jealous watching that,” he mentioned. “I might like to be enjoying in these matches, I might like to nonetheless be competing with them within the semis and stuff of Slams.”