Greg Rusedski doesn’t think Andy Murray will add to his three Grand Slams, saying it will be a “big ask” for him to challenge for trophies at the highest level again.
The 30-year-old Murray hasn’t played competitive tennis since losing at Wimbledon last year and he was forced to pull out of this year’s Australian Open due to a hip injury.
He underwent surgery earlier this week and admitted he hoped to be fit for the grasscourt season, and eventually return to the top and compete for Grand Slams.
Rusedski, though, says it will take a while for Murray to hit form again, adding it is unlikely that he will win another major.
“If he can get fit, he’s got a shot to get back into the top 100, then top 50 and build his game back,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
“But it’s going to take a long while and I wish him all the best because hip surgeries are something that’s difficult to manage.
“I don’t think he will win another Grand Slam, just because of the physical issues he’s had, but I hope he proves me wrong.
“I think he’s done everything he could because usually with a hip problem, you take six months, you hope it comes back good, it didn’t come back the way he’d want so he had no choice but to have the hip surgery and then that’s probably another six months of recuperation.”
Murray, though, has been advised to take a leaf out of Roger Federer’s book as the 19-time Grand Slam winner missed several months in 2016 as he recovered from knee surgery.
However, Rusedski feels the situation is slightly different.
“I think Andy’s got a lot more to overcome to be frank,” the former British No 1 said. “If you could look at Federer, physically he’s had one surgery in his life, which was a minor meniscus knee surgery and he actually injured his knee in the bathtub of all places when he was bathing his kids, so it wasn’t tennis related.
“If you look at Murray physically, he’s had a lot more difficulties. He’s had back surgery already, his hip surgery, he’s had all sorts of injuries to cope with so for Murray I think it’s going to be a big challenge but he’s one of our greatest sportsmen we’ve ever had in this country and I hope he can come through it, but it’s going to be a big ask.”
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