Andy Murray has insisted he is ‘relaxed’ about his hopes of a return to competitive action, as he suggested he will become a tennis tourist if he makes a full-time return to the tour.
Murray is battling back from hip surgery in January and will make his first tentative steps back on court when he plays doubles at the Fever-Tree Championship at Queen’s Club later this month, but the two-time Wimbledon champion admits he is unsure whether he will make a return to singles action.
It was a relaxed Murray who sat down for a chat with his former coach Mark Petchey for Amazon Prime, as he suggested he will be satisfied with what he has achieved in his career even if he doesn’t play at the highest level again.
“During the whole injury troubles that I’d been having, tennis was the most important thing to me and getting back on the tennis court is what was going to make me happy,” said Murray.
“There are certain things you realise as you get older and especially because of what I have been through the last couple of years. I’ve realised that it’s not about winning all the time and it’s actually about giving your best effort.
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“That was what I was always basing success on. I realise now that that isn’t actually the most important thing, which has taken quite a lot of years of playing the sport and going through a lot of ups and downs to realise that. I’d be okay with not playing again as well.”
“I’d want to enjoy it a lot more than what I did, experience different things and not just concentrate on the winning and stuff and success.
“If I do come back to play, I’m going to have a completely different perspective on things for sure.”
Murray went on to suggest he would change his approach to touring if he makes an extended comeback, with his eagerness to play the game even if he is not competing for the big titles evident in these comments.
“Something I’d try to do a bit more of is spending a bit more time out in the cities, seeing sights, exploring,” he added.
“We get to go to amazing places. Some of the nicest cities in the world and often we spend most of our time at the courts, practising and in hotels, having room service.
“It’s not what people might imagine it to be. I’ll make sure I enjoy the cities a little bit more than what I did.”
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