Andy Murray: I am still playing tennis for the love of the game

Andy Murray
Source: SkySports

Andy Murray is preparing for his first singles match on grass in three years this week at Queen’s Club, but with Wimbledon just around the horizon, the 34-year-old Scot is uncertain whether his body can hold up after the fitness concerns that have plagued him in recent years.

Andy Murray says he still plays tennis because he enjoys it as the former world number one prepares for this week’s Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club.

The three-time Grand Slam winner hasn’t played since March, when he suffered a groyne injury in his sleep and decided to forego the clay-court season to prepare for Wimbledon.

He was scheduled to compete in the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham last week, but he withdrew to better prepare for Queen’s Club.

“I feel alright,” remarked the 34-year-old, who is presently rated 123 in the world. I’m not flawless, but I’ve been practising quite consistently over the last month or two. I’ve been training at Wimbledon, and we’ve had a few of fantastic workouts here in the previous few days.

“Obviously, the question mark is if the body holds up, and I can’t say with any great surety right now whether that’s going to happen or not since I’ve felt fantastic at various periods over the previous nine months or so.”

“I can’t tell with any assurance that I’ll be ok. I hope so, because I’ve seen enough in practice to know that my tennis is OK and in good shape, but I need to be physically strong enough to play matches.”

Murray revealed he has spoken to a number of his former coaches to garner advice as to how, why and when they decided it was the right time to retire from the game.

The Scot was clear in his response, stating that he still has the drive and determination to play for as long as he possibly can.

“I’m still playing because I enjoy playing tennis,” he explained. “I know I can still compete with the world’s finest players.” I’ve been doing it regularly in practice for the last six or seven months, and I don’t see why not on the turf.

“I’m still at a decent level. It’s simply that I need my body to hold up, and dealing with all of these concerns has been really difficult for me.

“I still want to go out there and compete, and I want to practise every day to try to improve and give myself a chance to keep going. To make more memories on the court and to win more games.”

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