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Andy Murray says successful extra Grand Slam titles is

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Andy Murray says successful extra Grand Slam titles is

Harm has been ‘hardest a part of my profession’ – Murray
2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBC
Venue: Queen’s Membership, London Dates: 18-24 June
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Former world primary Andy Murray believes successful extra Grand Slam titles is “nonetheless doable” as he prepares to return again after nearly a 12 months out with a hip harm.

Nonetheless, the 31-year-old says he has “zero expectations” earlier than returning at Queen’s Membership this week.

The Briton has not performed competitively since Wimbledon final 12 months.

“I all the time thought I might come again and play once more,” Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, stated.

“I might like to get again to the highest of the sport but when not, that is OK. It is not the tip of the world if I do not.”

The Scot, who gained the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, had surgery on his proper hip in January.

He’ll play Australian world quantity 24 Nick Kyrgios on the Fever-Tree Championships on Tuesday.

“I am not anticipating to win Grand Slams immediately,” Murray stated.

“You do not begin taking part in after 11 months out and successful them – that is not how this works.

“It could have been completely different if I had 4 months of arduous coaching and preparation. There was numerous stop-starting for me.

“The expectations are very low proper now and I’ll reassess my targets after I’m again on the market competing.”

Wimbledon begins on 2 July.

Murray practises earlier than Queen’s return

‘Coming again will not be a chance’

Murray, who has gained 5 Queen’s titles, says his hip will not be ache free however doesn’t consider he takes a threat by coming again now.

Following his surgical procedure in Australia, Murray stated he would solely return to competitors when fully match and prepared, though has lengthy focused a return for the grass-court season.

He had hoped to play on this week’s Libema Open within the Netherlands, however pulled out after saying he was “not fairly prepared and wished to be 100%”.

His final look got here at Wimbledon in July, when he misplaced in 5 units to American Sam Querrey of their quarter-final.

“I am not going to re-injure my hip or harm myself by taking part in,” Murray, who has dropped to 157th on the earth, instructed BBC Sport.

“It’s simply you by no means know precisely when you find yourself prepared particularly after the period of time.

“After nearly a 12 months out of the sport there are going to be doubts and one of the best ways to recover from that’s by getting on the market, competing and to see the place we’re at.

“If it goes properly that is unbelievable and if it does not then you definitely re-evalute.”

Murray stated he first felt ache in his proper hip throughout the French Open semi-final towards Wawrinka in June 2017, although he has had points with it all through his profession.

He withdrew from the US Open two days earlier than the beginning of the match in August, and stated he realised he was not able to compete in Brisbane previous to January’s Australian Open when he examined his hip towards different top-50 gamers.

He had an operation on the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne on eight January.

‘My hip wasn’t offended’

Murray practised on his personal on the west London membership earlier than taking part in two units towards British quantity three Cameron Norrie on Friday.

“I have been practising the final couple of weeks and clearly increase every day,” he added.

“I began taking part in units a few week in the past. So, I performed in all probability seven or eight units, and I wished to really feel how I felt the next day after taking part in a few units with Cam.

“I obtained examined by my physios on Saturday morning to verify I hadn’t stiffened up and misplaced any vary of movement in my hip which might occur while you’re drained and the hip’s a bit offended.

“That wasn’t the case. That was all constructive and I pulled up fairly properly from that, so then I made a decision to go for it.”

Elsewhere within the draw, British primary Kyle Edmund will play American Ryan Harrison, whereas Dan Evans, who be taking part in his first ATP Tour occasion since a 12 months’s ban for taking cocaine, faces France’s Adrian Mannarino.

Spanish reigning champion Feliciano Lopez takes on Belgium’s David Goffin, whereas Croatian prime seed Marin Cilic performs one other Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco.

Bulgarian second seed Grigor Dimitrov will face Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur whereas Serbia’s 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic – who completed as runner-up at Queen’s in 2008 – will play a qualifier.

World quantity 4 Juan Martin del Potro – who would have been prime seed – pulled out of the match on Friday, saying he had been “suggested to relaxation” by medics.

The 29-year-old Argentine, who has suffered a listing of harm issues in recent times, reached the French Open semi-finals final week.

BBC Sport – Tennis

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