Great Britain's Andy Murray is optimistic that he would have a positive Wimbledon campaign if his body holds up. Murray, a former world No. 1, returned to action at the Queen's Club. Playing in his first tournament since early-March, Murray lost in the Queen's round-of-16 to Matteo Berrettini.
After playing at Queen's, Murray is also set to appear at The Championships. Murray has drawn Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Wimbledon first round. “The way that I've been performing in my practices with top players, I'm not going out there and getting whacked,” Murray said.
“I'm competing well with all of the players that I practised with. That's the really positive thing for me. That's one of the reasons why I'm sure that if my body holds up that I can do well and can compete with these guys on the biggest stages.
I think how you perform in them can give you some knowledge about where you are. “I'll just go out there and I'll compete for every point. If my body hurts afterwards, fine. It's more the build-up that's the hard part, knowing how much to push, having the mentality to really go for it in training”.
Murray practiced with Roger Federer
On Friday, world No. 119 Murray practiced with record eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer. Murray was absolutely delighted to have a chance to hit with Federer. “Getting to play with Roger was really cool for me.
They're the sort of things that probably like six, seven years ago I wouldn't have given any thought to it,” Murray said. “I would have seen that as just being a practice session pre-major with a top player, and focusing kind of on myself.
“I'm probably appreciating these things more. When I take a step back from that, as a tennis fan, getting to play with Roger Federer two days before Wimbledon, it's really great”. Murray has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and he hasn't played singles at the tournament ever since.
“I'm delighted that I can be back competing here again. I'm most excited about being in front of a big crowd and the fans and everything. That's really something that I've missed a lot. I miss being on Centre Court.
I miss the pressure of that, as well. That's something I'm looking forward to feeling again,” Murray said. Murray is a two-time Wimbledon champion.