Andy Murray just played his first match of his comeback, losing to Nick Kyrgios in the first round of Queens. It was a great start in that he played well (lost in 3) and played injury free. He has been out for almost a year. This is a much longer break than the other members of the big four have taken recently so it will be interesting to see what he can do.
Why Andy Murray will make a quick comeback
Murray’s best surface is undoubtedly grass. He has won the Queen’s club title five times in his career and is a two-time Wimbledon champion. He’s a great all-around player on all surfaces, but he just seems to excel on the grass and fast courts. Murray will have the home crowd supporting him at Wimbledon as he will receive a wild card into the tournament. The Scotsman has not rushed his comeback at all. He has given it a whole year and he is looking to make it a full comeback, unlike Novak Djokovic. Djokovic appeared to come back too soon and was not 100 percent and it sidelined him off and on until recently. Murray’s recovery has been longer than he wanted, but he has not rushed it and that could allow him to play at or around 100 percent. Murray has the right attitude going into Queen’s as he isn’t looking for the result there.
“I’m not putting pressure on myself to win,” Murray said. “I’m more concerned with how I feel on court.”
With Murray getting a solid match in before Wimbledon, he can test out how he feels and then he can really set his expectations for Wimbledon. There is some hope for the former world number one as we hit the summer months.
Why Andy Murray won’t make a quick comeback
Murray has not played in a competitive match since his quarter-final defeat to Sam Querry at Wimbledon last year. That is almost a full year since he has been placed under match pressure. He will not be in the same swing of things as he has always been in his career. There is also no way to simulate that feeling during a match without playing a match. Murray has also dropped to being ranked number 157 in the world. This sets him up for a potentially brutal draw at Wimbledon. He has to reach the quarters there to maintain his ranking and he can be placed against anybody in the first round there. Also looking at Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, they are still not at 100 percent and we have not seen either of them return to what they were before their injuries.
Murray is a great player and he has taken it slow and steady during his recovery. He will be unranked at Wimbledon and that makes it tough for him. Depending on the draw he gets at Wimbledon, he can win some matches there and get back into a rhythm. Don’t expect a very quick return to success but by the end of the year Murray can contend and return to a decent spot in the rankings as he has nothing but points to gain after Wimbledon. Never count out a 3 time Grand Slam champ and former world #1.
- Dominick brings THE SLICE from New Jersey, USA.