In an interview with BBC, 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova commented on Andy Murray making his return to singles. After playing the Winston Salem Open, Murray will now head to Asia to play in Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai.
“If he can put full pressure and full weight on his body and move like he used to, without compromising himself, if he can play pain-free, then absolutely. But if it starts hurting you cannot compete with guys at his level.
He’s got a lot of weight around, he’s a big guy, so the hips and joints need to be working 100%. These days you cannot be 90%. The hands don’t go away, the brain doesn’t go away, so if the hips are there, the rest of the game will be there as well", said Navratilova.
Navratilova in an interview to the New York Times on Thursday also spoke about Kim Clijsters playing on the WTA Tour again: "It just gets harder, especially not having played in so long. The biggest question mark is her movement, which is such a strong part of her game.
You lose a step anyway, maybe half a step. But the strokes are there, and she certainly knows how to play the game. And you know what? I am all for it. If she wants to put in the work, she's got maybe four more good years before things really start going downhill.
The measure of success for me is not if she gets top 100, top 50 or top 20. The measure of success is if she loves it and if she is doing what she wants to do."