Andy Murray will still be feeling the effects of his comeback if Stan Wawrinka’s return from a long lay-off is anything to go by.
Murray completed his long-awaited return to competitive tennis on Tuesday when he played in the Fever-Tree Championships against Nick Kyrgios – an encounter he lost in a typically gruelling two hours and 39 minutes.
It was his first match in 342 days and five months after undergoing hip surgery and Murray said he cannot plan his schedule until he knew how his body pulled up the day after.
There was no word from the Murray camp on Wednesday, but Wawrinka has an idea how he may be feeling.
The Swiss, a three-time grand slam champion, made his comeback from a double knee operation in January’s Australian Open and was still feeling sore from his first-round win by the time his second-round match came around.
He admitted to feeling “dead” and crashed out winning just five games.
He said: “My first match was Australian Open, and two days after I was not feeling like pain or whatever, but my body was completely off.
“I lost 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, but I couldn’t really do anything. I felt dead.
“That’s mentally tough, because you have never experienced that in the past.
“So you need to learn from it, you need to adapt and accept it and be patient with yourself and what you’re going to do.”
Much of Murray’s plans over the next few weeks will be determined by how he pulled up physically to that loss to Kyrgios.
The Scot was wary of committing to any forthcoming tournament, keeping his options open of playing in Eastbourne or an exhibition next week and missing Wimbledon or vice versa.
He did accept that playing such a gruelling match against the Australian was a good early test of his physical state.
“There were certain things you can assess well, like your return and things like that,” he said.
“He was still serving 135, 140 miles an hour and hitting huge second serves a lot of the time, as well.
“There are certain things I can judge pretty well today and some things there is a little bit more difficult.
“I didn’t feel amazing well physically, like at the end I was starting to tire a bit, but it was a good test for me for first match in such a long time.”
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