June 6, 2018
Andy Murray still hopes to play at Wimbledon next month – and has pulled out of a tournament in the Netherlands in order to give himself the best possible chance.
Speaking about his decision, Murray remained upbeat and positive. He is fully aware of how much the fans want him to return for the biggest Grand Slam of them all.
With Wimbledon very much in mind, Murray explained his decision not to play at the Libema Open in s’Hertogenbosch: ‘I am not quite ready to return. I am still aiming to play in the coming weeks, but I want to be 100% when I do return.
‘It is with regret that I won’t be ready to play in s’Hertogenbosch. I was excited to play there for the first time.
‘I’ve been out close to a year now, which is a lot longer than me or any of my team expected, but I’m getting closer to playing again.
‘I’ve started training a few days ago and am hoping to make my comeback during the grass-court season.’
In theory Murray could still play Queen’s or some other grass-court tournament as a warm-up before Wimbledon starts on July 2.
Or he might just take his chances by playing his first competitive match at Wimbledon itself.
He would dearly love to be part of the big tournament, the won he has won twice before, and see what momentum he might be able to build through the first week.
Realistically he would be unlikely to come straight out and win Wimbledon after so long on the sidelines – although Roger Federer managed to win the Australian Open last year on just such a wave of fresh enthusiasm after six months out injured.
Just being there to play is Murray’s primary objective. And he is clearly making the most sensible decisions about the timing of his comeback in order to achieve precisely that.