Barry Cowan discusses Andy Murray's chances on grass



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Barry Cowan discusses Andy Murray's chances on grass

British tennis expert Barry Cowan thinks three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will be really motivated to perform well during the grass season. Murray, who has had two major hip surgeries since 2017, was one of the best grass court players before the surgeries.

Murray is a record five-time champion at the Queen's Club and he is also a two-time Wimbledon champion. Murray hasn't had much success on grass over the last few years but Cowan thinks that could change that year.

“I think the grasscourt season is something he will really look forward to,” Cowan said in a video chat with Sky Sports. “I think it will really motivate him to play his best tennis. “He will get the support that he absolutely wants."

'Murray needs to get himself in the right shape'

Cowan is looking forward to seeing how many tournaments and matches will Murray be able to play before the grass season. “That’s the exciting part; it is how he can get himself in the right shape, in terms of enough matches under his belt before the grass," Cowan added.

“I don’t see any reason why Andy can’t have a really good run on the grass”. Cowan thinks grass is Murray's best shot at achieving another strong result. “The other surfaces are of course getting more and more difficult for him because of the relentless nature of the tour and how hard it is physically to do it day in and day out,” Cowan said.

Also, Cowan gave his thoughts on Emma Raducanu's slow start to the year. In January, Raducanu suffered a first round defeat in Sydney and was beaten in the Australian Open second round. Last week, Raducanu retired her first round match in Guadalajara due to a hip injury.

"We all have to make sure that we’re not knee-jerking our reactions just because Emma loses a match, there’s so much tennis ahead of her,” Cowan noted.