The countdown to Wimbledon is on.
There are just two months to go until the biggest event of tennis’ calendar year, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal the favourites to lift the trophy.
Ordinarily, Andy Murray would feature much more prominently in that discussion but there have been very real fears the Scotsman could be absent.
Hip problems are notoriously difficult to come back from and as soon as the nature of his injury emerged, it was obvious that the setback could have huge ramifications for the rest of his career.
While he has lost his world number one ranking as a result of his 10 months away and is now all the way down at no. 45 – with Kyle Edmund taking his place at the top of the British standings, too – that will be small beer to the 30-year-old if he faces the disappointment of missing out on appearing at the All England Club.
However, there is some positive news on that front, with the Mirror reporting that Murray is targeting the Libema Open in the Netherlands next month to make his comeback.
The caveat is that he’ll only play if he is 100% fit and he will be presumably be reassessed again ahead of Wimbledon, which begins on July 2nd.
Last year ended badly
Nobody wants to see a repeat of last year, when American Sam Querrey beat him 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 but he was quite visibly in pain.
If the double Olympic champion does make it, tennis fans and even his rivals will surely want him to do himself justice.
It’s worth remembering that he actually returned to training in March and there was the possibility of him playing earlier.
That was until he decided he would not play on clay and would wait for the grass court season to begin.
So, all in all it’s set to be a last-ditch decision on Wimbledon, with the fact he has been so private on the matter making it all the more difficult to judge.
What is noteworthy in recent months is that Murray has been pursuing activities off the court, investing in a new app to encourage participation in the sport. Whether that says anything about his future remains to be seen.
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