Murray faces last major hurdle ahead of comeback.
Andy Murray will face his last major hurdle ahead of his planned comeback at the Fever Tree Championships at London’s Queens Club. The Scot who has been out of action for almost a year will play in the first round of the ATP 500 event against Nick Kyrgios. He underwent surgery in a Melbourne hospital at the end of January on his hip and has been rehabbing since. He has built up his strength to such a level so that he is ready to compete once again.
The last major hurdle which Murray must surpass is the mental one. He has protected his hip for months now walked with a limp and generally not put all his weight on it for fear of hurting it or damaging it. He now has to hope that the hip is now ready to repay Murray and he can perform 100% on his return to court. I have no doubt Murray will have question marks in his mind about his hip. What if it hurts, what if I tweak it what if I damage it again? As Novak Djokovic pointed out this mental mountain can be a huge challenge for those returning to injury.
The Best Case Scenario
Even the most fervent of Andy Murray supporters would predict a Murray victory against Nick Kyrgios tomorrow. The Australian is in fine form on the grass having been narrowly beaten in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart 250 event against the GOAT. He has momentum, fitness and confidence. Murray ofcourse will be grateful to be back on court once again but equally he will want to get himself back to the level of old as soon as possible. There will be packed grandstands when the two take the court with much support for Murray. Murray will want to keep it as close as possible, serve well and try and dictate as best as possible. Kyrgios has been an ace machine, in his quarter final match in Stuttgart he hit over 20 aces in the match. Murray will have his work cut out.
It may take Andy months before he is back at a level he is confident at. Look at Djokovic who is only now coming into the form of old. A deep run at Wimbledon may prove too far for Murray but for now it is great to see him back on court and most importantly healthy.