Murray in no hurry to return to Wimbledon

LONDON • Andy Murray will not rush a decision about playing at Wimbledon after winning his first match in 350 days at the Eastbourne championships on Monday.

The 31-year-old returned last week at Queen's Club after almost a year out with a hip complaint that required surgery in January - losing to Nick Kyrgios.

After taking a wild card at Eastbourne to test his fitness he enjoyed a 6-1, 6-3 victory over fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round.

It was hard to tell that Murray was playing only his second match back - such was the level of tennis he produced. But the Scot said it was still too early to make a call on whether was ready for the rigours of a two-week Grand Slam with best-of-five-set matches.

"I'll decide when I'm ready. I'm not putting any pressure on myself to make that decision after one match here or two matches, because I don't need to," the Wimbledon champion in 2013 and 2016 said. "If I feel like I'm in good enough shape, I'll do it. And if I don't, then obviously I won't play. But the last two matches that I have played have been positive in many respects."

His win over Wawrinka, who has slipped outside the top 200 compared with Murray's No. 156 after missing six months last year and several weeks this year because of knee surgery, took little more than an hour compared with the more than 2½ hours he was on court against Kyrgios at Queen's.

After that defeat, Murray sounded rather downbeat about his Wimbledon prospects and he admitted his body had reacted badly.

"That obviously could have gone another couple of sets potentially, and I didn't feel great the following day," Murray said.

"But, then, I did recover in probably let's say 36, 40 hours. Recovered quite well. But that was after playing a three-set match."

He will face a sterner test of his form and fitness today against Kyle Edmund - the man who has replaced him as Britain's No. 1.

"If I was to win on Wednesday and have to play on Thursday, that's a different challenge, as well," he added.

REUTERS

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