Former top-ranked British player Andrew Castle was positively surprised with Andy Murray's first-round performance at the Fever-Tree Championships and insists that the former world No. 1 can't be written off.
Murray, now ranked at No. 156 in the world, lost to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Queen's first round 2-6 7-6 (4) 7-5 in what was his first match since last year's Wimbledon.
The 31-year-old, who was sidelined for over 11 months due to a hip issue, moved well and showed promising signs in his long-awaited comeback match.
Murray is leaving his options open as he could opt to play in Eastbourne next week or at one of next week's exhibition events.
The two-time Wimbledon champion didn't want to confirm that he will play at Wimbledon as he will take more time to decide whether he is ready to play in best-of-five-sets matches.
"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will have taken note of this performance, and so will the rest of the tour. I suspect most thought that it was over for Andy Murray, but now I am very optimistic for the future. It's fantastic that he's back," Castle said.
"I'm not sure how he's going to get on in five sets at Wimbledon but I am so glad he's back out there doing what he loves doing most."