Andy Mur­ray won’t rush come­back, says mum

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

For­mer world No.1 Andy Mur­ray will not rush his come­back from a hip in­jury that has blighted him since last year, his mother and for­mer Bri­tish Fed Cup cap­tain Judy Mur­ray said.

Three-time Grand Slam win­ner Mur­ray, who has played hardly any ten­nis since a hip oper­a­tion ear­lier this year, is cur­rently in ac­tion at the Shen­zhen Open in China and will play just one more tour­na­ment this sea­son, in Bei­jing.

Mur­ray has plum­meted from the top of the ten­nis world in 2016 to 311th in the rank­ings, and his mother said he is “des­per­ate” to re­turn to full fit­ness.

“He’s do­ing well. He’s work­ing with a re­hab spe­cial­ist in Philadel­phia,” Judy Mur­ray said Thurs­day in the Chi­nese city of Wuhan, where she was con­duct­ing coach­ing work­shops dur­ing the Wuhan Open.

Her son showed flashes of his old self on Thurs­day in Shen­zhen, where he swat­ted aside top seed David Gof­fin in straight sets.

While there were few vis­i­ble signs in that match of the hip trou­ble that put him out of ac­tion for months at a time, the 31-year-old’s mother said he will not take any risks.

“He wants to ab­so­lutely fo­cus the rest of the year on get­ting his body as ready as he can for the start of [2019],” she said.

“It’s been a long haul and that’s tough for any­body, but he’s in­cred­i­bly dis­ci­plined, he’s in­cred­i­bly re­silient.”

In 2013, a year af­ter his first Grand Slam win at the US Open, Mur­ray be­came the first Bri­tish player to win the men’s sin­gles ti­tle at Wim­ble­don in more than 75 years, and won the tro­phy again three years later.

“He loves what he does, so he’s des­per­ate to get back. But... when you’ve been out that long, you don’t want to rush it,” said Mur­ray’s mother, who coached him dur­ing his early years.

“I think he’s in a good place at the mo­ment.”

The Scot will face Span­ish player Fer­nando Ver­dasco in the Shen­zhen Open quar­ter­fi­nals.

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