"I'm sure that, tennis-wise, I will be able to keep up..." Andy Murray had said concerning his ability to venture out of the doubles realm and start playing singles again. It was nearly half a year ago that Andy Murray had to undergo hip surgery.
An operation that some think could have been a disaster to any tennis player. He had a few uncertain riddles to think about and solve as to when would be the right time and venue for making his comeback to his game of passion and his livelihood.
He decided it would be Wimbledon. He is doing well and performing pain-free and this is an excellent thing. Murray had a two-year break consisting of treatments and therapies. He decided to ease into the tennis regime by playing doubles, the least strenuous on one's body.
He had decided on playing men's doubles with one of the best doubles specialist: France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the partner of Nicolas Mahut. They've won 24 titles nearly with each other. Murray choice of mixed doubles he wanted to be with Serena Williams.
She's accumulated just about that many with sister Venus Williams. While the pairing of Hugues Herbert and he lasted only the first round, Serena Williams and Murray reached the third round. But there are still other agendas that keep creeping up in his mind.
It's about getting his singles game on the court again. Murray says "Why not?... If someone can give me a reason why I shouldn't be able to compete again, then I would listen to it..." There is a dodgy phenomenon going on and Murray doesn't know how to solve it and when.
He was thinking about the Cincinnati even to make his singles debut and then the performance at the last major of the year - The U.S. Open. Murray had won his first grand slam at the Open seven years ago. The Brit can only judge his level of play by what he's been doing in doubles and mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
But he sees what the singles competition is also noticed that the NextGen as Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime to name a few have fallen. The seasoned veterans as Stan Wawrinka, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem are out also.
This is encouraging to know to give him hope on a possible singles game comeback. But Murray might see the levels of play as half full and other times half empty. He likes doubles whereas the main responsibility isn't one person whether the team wins or loses.
He remembers the enjoyment of pairing with Feliciano Lopez at Queen's and at the end of the day could go out and enjoy the rest of the day or evening. But singles win or lose, the result falls on the one player. He was used to that and took the consequences if his game was successful or faltered.
Andy Murray is trying to be realistic and knows how demanding one's body the singles game can be. "I know how bad I felt in Australia and how bad I felt the last year that I played singles here, and I feel better now than I did then," he tries to reason things out.
He vividly remembers a few years ago struggling through five sets against Sam Querrey at his last singles match at Wimbledon and knows full well he doesn't want to go back to that situation any more. Deep inside, Murray knows what he has now, fun and pain-free winning tennis game, yet knows what he used to be before the injury.
He still has a bit of hunger for that singles game again but is unsure if taking the chance will prove he is physically healed or still unable to play the singles level that he's made his paramount career doing and loving.