Andy Murray is stepping up his recovering by competing at Queen's this week, and former British No. 1 Tim Henman believes the pressure should be off his shoulders at Wimbledon.
Murray will come up against Australian Nick Kyrgios in his comeback match at Queen's on Tuesday, which will be his first competitive outing in 11 months.
The Scot has been plagued by injury problems since losing to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last July, having had surgery to amend a hip issue that had troubled him for a considerable amount of time.
And Henman, who reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon four times, has called for patience from the British public ahead of the 31-year-old's long-awaited return to the court.
Ahead of the start of the grass-court season, Murray has said he had "zero expectations" of himself heading into Queen's and Wimbledon.
With Wimbledon getting underway in early July, Henman believes that even if Murray, a two-time winner of the Championships, suffer an early defeat at the All England Club, then the positives would outway the negatives if the Scot came through his matches pain-free.
"I've seen Andy a fair amount over last 11 months and it’s been unbelievably challenging for him," Henman told The Telegraph at the All England Club on Monday. "He’s been working so hard and this is another stepping stone as he works towards full fitness.
"If he lost 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round at Wimbledon but moved well and had no pain that would be a great result because of what he’s come through and where he’s at. It’s just so not about the results at this stage.
"If he’s playing pain-free in 12 months and losing by that sort of scoreline in the first round then you’d be saying 'hang on', but I don’t think that’s going to be the case. For now, I think if we can get away from any expectations at all that would be good."
For someone who has already won the tournament, we're not sure Andy would agree a hammering in the first round would be a 'great result' especially if he doesn't feel any pain.
Nevertheless, the British public will be keen to see how he fares against a tricky customer in the form of Kyrgios.News Now - Sport News