The Grand Slam champ and former no. 1 player has decided to give the Nottingham Open 'a miss' as his groin injury sustained in March has flared up. It's been a few months since Andy Murray has played a singles' tournament and it was at Rotterdam where he fell in the second round against the tough Russian, Andrey Rublev.
The recurring ailment caused his withdrawal from Miami and the current French Open. A perfect event would be the Nottingham Open challenge he thought, which Murray looked forward to, but his injury has made him put the brakes on entering.
The Queen's tournament and Wimbledon are in his future plans for a comeback and having won the third Slam in 2016 is getting Murray sentimental on pumping up his concentration and efforts in that direction. Does practice make perfect? The Brit thinks it contributes and is satisfied to have practiced with leading players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric in Rome last month as well as having played two doubles matches at the Italian Open.
Murray is riding on a delicate situation of practicing and playing tournaments without pain and injury, something that always was routine for him many years ago. In February, the Brit traveled to Biella, Italy, entered the Challenger there and went through to the finals against the Ukraine's Illya Marchenko.
He didn't come off successful but it has proven to him that he can go deep in tournaments again. But times haven't been all about getting into tournaments, but staying healthy to play them in the Pandemic. Murray can't help but focus on the time he proved positive to the coronavirus: "..I went ten days without training or practicing when I got the coronavirus and then when I wasn't able to go to Australia I felt pretty demotivated to be honest..."
Andy Murray says he still had the desire to play and emphasized that "I wanted to get out there and compete...physically I felt ok which was positive, but the tennis was kind of not in the level I wanted or expected..."
The Brit admits that the match with Robert Haase and the beginning set with Rublev at Rotterdam had more consistency. "I need to do that in an hour and a half rather than just 20 or 30 minutes just here and there," he emphasized on his great play in those matches.
But the question arises is Murray able to physically perform at a higher level throughout matches anymore? The father of four young children, Andy Murray still remains confident on doing well on his practicing and will enter Queen's and Wimbledon.
It was his going to the Biella final that felt good and convinced him: "I know that I'm still capable of playing at the highest level...My expectation is to go and do well in these events." With having won Wimbledon twice and captured over 40 titles in his career, Andy is conserving his energies and strategies for especially Wimbledon and has said "..I want to be on the court and feel like I have a chance at winning the event."