Andy Murray is becoming increasingly confident of taking to the court at Wimbledon, but says he is taking it “day by day” as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.
The two-time champion at the All England Club said on Friday he would “most likely” compete in the tournament only two weeks after returning from nearly a year out with hip problems.
And on Saturday, he reiterated the need to remain “mindful” and “open” about how he feels on a day-to-day basis with a clash against France’s Benoit Paire in the first round just around the corner.
Murray lost narrowly to Nick Kyrgios in his comeback match at Queen’s Club and then scored his first win at Eastbourne, beating Stan Wawrinka, before coming off second best in an all-British clash against Kyle Edmund.
“Yeah, unless in the next couple of days I wake up and don’t feel good (I’ll play). I mean, through all of this, I have to view it very much day by day, just as a process,” Murray told a press conference when asked if he had finally decided to play at Wimbledon.
“I’d like to be playing better. I mean, I’ve not been practising that long. Like I said, I’m competing with the best players in the world.
“Of course, you notice things that are maybe not quite where you would like them to be or where you remember them being, like, a year ago.
“I’m very aware of how I’m feeling each day, very aware of how my hip is. I chat to my team lots about it. I’m spending lots of time working with my physios, trying to get stronger and those sorts of things.
“Right now I need to be mindful of how I’m feeling on a day-to-day basis. I have to take it that way. Right now you can’t say for 100 per cent certainty when you only started competing 10 days ago how you’re going to feel after every match and each day.
“I need to be very open with my team about that and let them know exactly how I’m feeling, which maybe in the past, sometimes things are a bit sore, you just kind of get on with it, whereas now I need to be smart with that.”
Given how little time he has spent on court, Murray refused to put a target on what he would see as a good performance at the All England Club this year.
“I don’t know. Because how am I supposed to tell you how I’m going to feel if I play for four hours in the first match? I can’t answer that question honestly,” he said.
“I wouldn’t expect to play worse tennis than I have. I would expect my level of tennis to improve.
“How I would do in results-wise? I have no idea.”
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