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Murray ‘not offending anyone’ by playing
June 14, 2021
Dates: 14-20 June. Venue: Queen’s Membership, London. Protection: Dwell on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site and app.
Britain’s Andy Murray says he’s “not offending anybody” by persevering with to play regardless of his damage issues and has additional motivation from seeing Swiss nice Roger Federer nonetheless competing.
Murray, 34, returns to singles motion for the primary time in three months at Queen’s this week after a groin damage.
The Scot says he’s “not excellent” however is pleased with the way in which he’s practising.
“The rationale why I am nonetheless doing it’s as a result of I get pleasure from it and I do not see any downside with that,” he advised BBC Sport.
“I am not offending anybody and it is not hurting anybody. I prefer it.”
Former world primary Murray has not performed competitively on the singles court docket since shedding to Russia’s Andrey Rublev on the Rotterdam Open in March.
In Could, he performed alongside fellow Briton Liam Broady within the Italian Open doubles, the place they misplaced within the second spherical.
Murray had travelled to Rome for observe periods with among the world’s main gamers, together with 19-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, however entered the doubles with Broady as a late alternate.
After deciding to deal with practising on the grass earlier than Queen’s, he’ll return to singles motion when he performs France’s Benoit Paire on the Cinch Championships on Tuesday.
“I do know I am not taking part in at a degree that I used to be taking part in a couple of years in the past,” the three-time Grand Slam champion mentioned.
“It has been extraordinarily irritating for me to not have any consistency, by way of competitions, to actually decide and see precisely the place my recreation is at.
“However there was, for me anyway, sufficient proof and practices that I’ve had with prime gamers to recommend I can nonetheless compete with them.”
‘I took quite a bit from watching Roger fired up’
Murray can be planning to return to Grand Slam motion at Wimbledon, which begins on 28 June, supplied he doesn’t encounter any additional damage issues.
“I really feel all proper, however not excellent. I have been pleased with the way in which I have been taking part in in observe and I have been hitting the ball properly,” mentioned Murray, who gained Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.
“However I have to hope my physique holds up throughout this era and that is a giant ‘if’ for me. I can not say with certainty that I will be superb as a result of that hasn’t been the case over the past six to 9 months.”
Murray watched 39-year-old Federer return to Grand Slam motion for the primary time in 16 months on the French Open earlier this month and says he was impressed by what he noticed.
Murray was notably impressed by seeing Federer, a 20-time main champion, digging deep to win a third-round match in opposition to Germany’s Dominik Koepfer behind closed doorways late into the Paris evening.
“You surprise what separates the highest athletes and the actually nice athletes which have been doing it for a very long time,” Murray mentioned.
“To me, that was only a excellent instance of somebody who loves what he does, he loves the sport, taking part in in entrance of no crowd.
“Simply seeing how he was nonetheless motivated for me was particular. Watching that match I used to be like ‘that is good’ and I took quite a bit from it.”
‘No one got here out of Osaka scenario properly’
Murray additionally handed on his well-wishes to Japanese world quantity two Naomi Osaka, who pulled out of the French Open after revealing she had been affected by melancholy.
The Scot added he thought the scenario was not “dealt with properly” and believes the communication between all events “might have been higher”.
“I actually hope that she will get higher and that she will get the assistance that she must really feel higher,” he mentioned.
“I consider that tennis will work together with her and her workforce to seek out options to no matter it’s that is triggering her nervousness or melancholy.
“I want it’d been dealt with in another way as a result of I do not suppose anyone got here out of it properly.
“I can not consider her workforce, if press was what should be blamed for her really feel depressed or anxious, hadn’t communicated that to the Grand Slams or to the WTA to attempt to discover a answer round it. And I do not suppose it was a very good search for the excursions by way of desirous to default her.
“As quickly as she mentioned on social media that she’d been coping with melancholy, the stance from the Slams and tennis modified and was fairly totally different.
“However I do really feel if I went to the Grand Slams [and said] that that is what I am coping with, and spoke to them instantly, they might attempt to assist.”