ATP Tour

Andy Murray won't rush comeback, says mum

2018-09-28 06:42
Andy Murray (Getty)

Wuhan - Former world No 1 Andy Murray will not rush his comeback from a hip injury that has blighted him since last year, his mother and former British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray said.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray, who has played hardly any tennis since a hip operation earlier this year, is currently in action at the Shenzhen Open in China and will play just one more tournament this season, in Beijing.

Murray has plummeted from the top of the tennis world in 2016 to 311th in the rankings, and his mother said he is "desperate" to return to full fitness.

"He's doing well. He's working with a rehab specialist in Philadelphia," Judy Murray said on Thursday in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where she was conducting coaching workshops during the Wuhan Open.

Her son showed flashes of his old self on Thursday in Shenzhen, where he swatted aside top seed David Goffin in straight sets.

While there were few visible signs in that match of the hip trouble that put him out of action for months at a time, the 31-year-old's mother said he will not take any risks.

"He wants to absolutely focus the rest of the year on getting his body as ready as he can for the start of (2019)," she said.

"It's been a long haul and that's tough for anybody, but he's incredibly disciplined, he's incredibly resilient."

In 2013, a year after his first Grand Slam win at the US Open, Murray became the first British player to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon in more than 75 years, and won the trophy again three years later.

"He loves what he does, so he's desperate to get back. But... when you've been out that long, you don't want to rush it," said Murray's mother, who coached him during his early years.

"I think he's in a good place at the moment."

The Scot will face Fernando Verdasco in the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals on Friday.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  andy murray  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.