Tim Henman has some words of advice for Andy Murray amid injury woes

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Tim Henman has urged Andy Murray to have patience and not rush his comeback after a frustrating season which has seen the Scot sidelined throughout.

Murray's last competitive match was his five-set defeat to Sam Querry in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last summer.

During that match, the British No.1 hobbled off the court with a chronic hip problem which resurfaced just before his attempted comeback before the Australian Open in January.

Murray has spent the rest of his season in recovery after surgery on his hip, but has his return penciled in for the Libema Open on June 11.

However, former British No.1 and perennial underdog Tim Henman has urged Murray not to rush himself back into action and risk further damage to his body.

Eurosport reports that Henman said: "Unfortunately, Andy's season has been non-existent because he's been injured.

"It's the most frustrating time as a professional athlete, when you are injured, and that is one of the challenges that you have to overcome.

"He's had an incredibly tough time – to think that he hasn't played since Wimbledon last year, did a lot of rehabilitation to avoid surgery, but that didn't have the impact or the outcome that he wanted.

"He's had the surgery and we've got to keep our fingers crossed that he's moving in the right direction and he can be back on the match-court sometime soon.

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"His mentality goes without saying, but unfortunately, this is an area where it doesn't matter what he thinks mentally, it's all about his body.

"He's got to make sure his body and his hip is 100 per cent, or as close as he can get to that, before he can really worry about competing.

"We know that the standard at the top level is so high, unless you are in peak physical condition, it's going to be very difficult to compete with the best players in the world."

The Libema Open is a grass court event taking place in the Netherlands that will begin on June 11. BBC Scotland have confirmed that the tournament organisers are confident Murray will be participating. 

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