Mur­ray hopes re­cov­ery goes very swim­mingly

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

ANDY Mur­ray has rein­vented his match prepa­ra­tions and re­cov­ery rou­tine in an at­tempt to en­sure his re­turn from in­jury is a suc­cess – and it in­cludes swim­ming.

He se­cured his first vic­tory in al­most a year on Mon­day when he im­pres­sively de­feated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets at the Na­ture Val­ley In­ter­na­tional.

He had only last week re­turned af­ter a long-term strug­gle with in­jury led to hip surgery and had con­trib­uted to his world rank­ing fall­ing from first to 157th.

To­day in East­bourne he meets Kyle Ed­mund in the com­pe­ti­tion’s sec­ond round, and i n the knowl­edge his com­pa­triot has since suc­ceeded him as the Bri­tish No 1.

Mur­ray’s wider fo­cus is on en­sur­ing he ad­justs to the new de­mands on his body, and also the spe­cific threats posed by the world’s lead­ing play­ers.

“The day af­ter a match last year I would have hit the fol­low­ing day but af­ter the match against Nick Kyr­gios last week I was in the swim­ming pool, had a bit of mas­sage, then spent an hour and a half with my physio,” the 31-year-old said.

“I’ve been do­ing more in the pool re­cently and been do­ing that be­fore matches too, get­ting in the pool to loosen up a lit­tle bit. That is some­thing new I haven’t done in the past.

“I do aqua-jog­ging, stretch­ing, dif­fer­ent move­ments, leg swings and hip swings, no load­ing or im­pact­ing, try­ing to get the body mov­ing again.

“Move­ment is the most im­por­tant thing I need to work on.”

Teams who play in the Perth and District Net­ball League are pic­tured be­fore the start of a re­cent tour­na­ment at the Fair City’s Bell’s Sports Cen­tre.

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