Andy Murray eager to find right balance in physical preparation

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Andy Murray eager to find right balance in physical preparation

Tennis superstar Andy Murray admits that being exceptionally prepared physically has always been his goal but at times that could also have a negative side. The 31-year-old made his long-awaited comeback at the Fever-Free Championships in Queen's last week after being sidelined since last year's Wimbledon due to a hip issue.

The Scot put up a historic season in 2016 -- when he won a total of nine titles and ended runner-up at four tournaments -- as well as reached the top spot for the first time in his career -- but it took a toll on his body.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray was defeated by rising star Nick Kyrgios in the Queen's first round before he beat Stan Wawrinka in his Nature Valley International opener before he lost to Kyle Edmund in the Eastbourne last-16.

Staying healthy and getting himself into the best shape possible will be the key to Murray's longevity on the Tour. "I dedicate a lot of time to the physical side, which a lot don't. It's not always a positive as sometimes I've pushed myself too hard and hurt myself or gone into competitions tired.

It is important to find a balance," Murray told The Times. Also read: Andy Murray's body needed 48 hours to recover after comeback match