Murray fit for Wimbledon
Britain’s former number one Andy Murray is making his return to the top, and he won his first match 6-1 6-3 on Monday during a warm-up event. It took him just an hour and 17 minutes to defeat Wawrinka.
He is insisting he is fit enough to start the defence of his Wimbledon title on Monday despite his recent hip injury. However, there is concern surrounding whether he is healthy enough since he cancelled two scheduled exhibition matches this week due to his sore hip. Murray was seen limping during practice at Wimbledon over the weekend, but he remains convinced he will be able to make it through two weeks of the grass court Grand Slam.
“I’ll be fine to play the event and play seven ma,ches.” Murray told reporters at Wimbledon on Sunday.
“I will make that decision when I’m ready. If I feel like I’m in good enough shape, I’ll do it. If I don’t, then obviously I won’t play. I’m coming back from a very serious injury which is not easy. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to make that decision after one match here or two matches, because I don’t need to. I can decide when I want.
“My health and my body are my priority right now,” insisted Murray, who spent 11 months on the sidelines with a hip injury that required surgery in January.
Murray added: “The match with Nick was two hours 45 minutes, and the slams, you have to be prepared for four hours. That (against Kyrgios) obviously could have gone another couple of sets potentially, and I didn’t feel great the following day.”
It was only Murray’s second match since last year’s Wimbledon after being sidelined for 11 months following surgery on his right hip. Murray, the 2012 US Open winner, will face British rising star Kyle Edmund in the second round at Eastbourne on Wednesday. In Murray’s absence, Edmund has become the British number one, not that Murray was especially worried about the loss of that particular designation.