James Ward not rushing anything as he targets successful comeback


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James Ward not rushing anything as he targets successful comeback

Great Britain's James Ward insists that he is not interested in rushing anything as he hopes to stay injury-free going forward. Ward, 31, underwent a knee surgery in August and returned to competitive action at an ITF Futures event in February.

The Briton has had problems with his knee earlier as well as he concluded his 2016 season in September before he returned to action at a grass-court Challenger event in June. Ward had a breakthrough season in 2015 when he won it all with Great Britain in the Davis Cup and reached his career-high ranking of No.

89 in the world. Ward, now ranked at No. 660, beat Kaichi Uchida in his Glasgow Challenger opener but lost to Harri Heliovaara in the last-16. The Briton was playing his third Challenger tournament in as many weeks as he previously played at the Challenger events in Guadalajara and Leon.

"I’ve been back on the court only the last couple of months slowly building it up, you can’t rush it. It wasn’t a nice time but it makes it worth it to come back and win some matches and hopefully have a good week.

Day by day I’m feeling a little bit more comfortable here and let's hope it continues," Ward said after beating Uchida. Also read: Pedro Sousa recalls Gastao Elias's words after painful Estoril defeat