Boris Becker hails Andy Murray’s willpower as he backs former world no 1 to return after latest setback

Andy Murray

Boris Becker admits he didn’t think Andy Murray would make a successful comeback last year following hip surgery as he backed the former world No 1 to return to his best after yet more injury woes.

After undergoing a career-saving hip resurfacing operation at the start of 2019, Murray made a tentative return in the doubles in June and a few months later he added singles back into the equation.

His comeback was complete in October when he won the European Open, but less than a month later he was back on the injured list as he picked up a pelvic problem.

Murray, who has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award for last year’s heroics, hasn’t played since November last year.

And his latest return date remains up in the air as he won’t feature in next month’s Miami Open with some suggesting he will only return for the grass-court season.

Andy Murray set to miss Miami Open with his return date after latest setback still unclear

Becker, though, is confident his “determination and willpower” will carry him through the latest setback.

“Most players would have retired after a serious hip injury like that. If you’d asked me last year, I didn’t think he would be here,” he said.

“But Andy being Andy, he did come back and he played wonderfully in the second half of last year. Andy never had the most power or the most talent, but he always had great determination and willpower that sets him apart.”

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