‘Don’t expect my best’ – Andy Murray keen to manage expectations ahead of Zhuhai return
Andy Murray has moved to manage expectations as he steps up his singles comeback bid at Zhuhai this week, saying it would be ‘naive’ to believe he can get back to his best so soon.
The former world and British number one has stepped away from doubles to focus entirely on his singes prospects after two years of battling a hip problem.
He will play three tournaments in China during the Asian swing, starting with Zhuhai, but he says that he is only really looking towards conditioning right now.
“I’m not expecting to get back to my very best,” he told BBC Sport.
“I think it would be probably a bit naive and silly to think that would be the case.
“I’d like to try to get 12 to 15 matches between now and the end of the year so my body gets used to competing and playing matches consistently again,” he said.
“I hadn’t done that for two years. It’s been a really long time, so it takes time for your body to build up.”
US legend John McEnroe has said that he believes Murray can return to his former glories given enough time, and the Scot is certainly aiming high himself too.
“I do feel like tennis-wise I can still compete at the highest level in terms of my skill, it’s just whether physically I can get to a high enough level to be competitive right at the top,” Murray added.
WATCH: Boy goes berserk after Novak Djokovic gifts racket to him as thanks for ‘coaching’ him during match
“He was coaching me, literally,” says Novak Djokovic.
‘I’ll keep on going. I’ll keep on chasing,’ says Novak Djokovic as he sets his sights on history
World No 1 will bid for a sixth title at the All England Club and third in a row.
‘People like her make you come alive’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas’ poignant tribute to his grandmother who died minutes before final
“This is entirely dedicated to her, and only her.”
Things we learned from French Open as Novak Djokovic dominates, Naomi Osaka prompts mental health talks
It was an eventful fortnight in Paris.
Exclusive – Greg Rusedski says Roger Federer was disrespectful to pull out of French Open
Roger Federer pulled out of the French Open.
Novak Djokovic admits ‘everything is possible’ as he chases Golden Slam to crown his legacy
Djokovic is targeting victories at Wimbledon and US Open as well as a gold medal at Tokyo Games.
French Open day 15: Novak Djokovic completes second career Grand Slam, Barbora Krejcikova completes double
The story of the final day of action at Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic one major away from equalling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam record
Novak Djokovic one Grand Slam away from equalling the record.
Novak Djokovic produces another roaring comeback in French Open final to win Grand Slam No 19
Novak Djokovic is your 2021 French Open men’s champion.
Johanna Konta ends long wait for home victory with Nottingham triumph
Johanna Konta was a straight-set winner over Zhang Shuai.