Tim Henman has backed Andy Murray to make the most of the enforced break on the ATP Tour this year.
Murray, sadly, is no stranger to missing tennis after a wretched run of luck with injuries in the last few years.
This time, he is raring to go but it is the APT Tour that is out of action – along with everything else in the world due to the coronavirus crisis.
Henman, though, believes that could be made to work to Andy Murray’s advantage.
“I think from Andy’s point of view – and I have seen him practise a bit a few weeks ago when it looked there might be chance to go to Miami,” said Henman.
“And after being out of the game as long as he has – and now with the progress he has made – he will be pretty frustrated because he is getting close to, I would have thought, to getting back out on the court.
“It is four years when you think he got to the quarters against Sam Querrey on one leg. And then has missed out and played doubles and mixed.
“It emphasises how much tennis he has missed. He has got to keep working at his fitness and get back to, or close as he can, to 100% and hopefully he will get the opportunity later in the year.
“You would like to think so because he has missed so much tennis perhaps it will give him the opportunity if his body and his hip enables him to to play longer in age terms.”
Henman was a similar age as Murray now when he decided to hang up his racket and retire, but he believes the sport has moved on a lot since then, and Murray’s injury woes could actually help him get a second lease of life on the court.
“I remember I was playing with [Andre] Agassi and he had 18 months out for v different reasons but he came back fresh and invigorated to play and kept going until he was probably 36.
“In those days that was old for a top tennis player. I stopped when I was 33 and that was pretty old at the time.
“But I think with training techniques and injury prevention players are certainly playing longer so you would like to think that if A, Andy’s body permits and B, he still has the motivation that I think he does, there can still definitely be a few Wimbledons left in him yet.”
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