While healing from a foot injury and then surgery, Sloane Stephens the 2017 US Open champ got cosy with the Tennis Channel staff doing some commentating and then serving as a roving reporter at a few tennis tournaments.
She'd gotten a new perspective on the sport that she's played for years, but after recuperating went back to her main focus -- playing on tour, left with a wonderful insight on playing and the players. Andy Murray has decided to do a similar thing.
He had to take a miss of Wimbledon this year, the first ever since 2007 when he had a wrist injury now it's to recuperate from hip surgery. He'd said that "It is with a heavy heart that I'm announcing that I'll be withdrawing from Wimbledon this year...We've decided that playing best-of-five-set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process...I will start practising on the hard courts...and I'm looking forward to the US Hard-court season".
Murray's suffered for a long time from other ailments and now hip surgery. He wasn't quite out on the court by five months when he came back in June and then to the Queen's Club. The opening round win over Stan Wawrinka in Eastbourne was welcomed but previously he'd had times of returning like during last year's US Open then to withdraw days before the main draw.
Murray is well aware of coming back too soon and says that "I want to come back when I'm fit and ready to play...". All injuries aren't permanent and Murray has decided to take the courts by the mic and try his hand at another skill.
"Live in the BBC studio tomorrow with Tim Henman and trying my hand at commentary on Wednesday. What could possibly go wrong?", Murray jokingly said. It was an ideal thing in the making and Philip Bernie, the BBC's head of TV Sport had said that "Having Andy Murray as part of our BBC team is a real coup".
It will be something different for Murray as everyone knows but he won't be totally out of his element and while recuperating may do well and enjoy it as a sidebar to playing if he might be indefinitely out from the court.
The tennis community will obviously be in tune to hear of Murray and his new situation; as Bernie of BBC says "...he'll be missing being out there on the courts...and his insight will be a great addition to our coverage".