Andy Murray says he believes he can be seeded at Wimbledon this year, but he knows he will need a good lead-up to the tournament to achieve it.
Murray has not been seeded at Wimbledon wince 2017 when he was world number one due to his struggles with injury.
Those persistent problems with his hip, that were eventually solved with resurfacing surgery, decimated his ranking and left him reliant on wild cards to get into tournaments.
He has finally started to regain some ground in the world rankings, though, and heads into grass season number at 67.
However, with tournaments to come in Stuttgart and Queen's before Wimbledon, he believes he could make a run for the top 32 and therefore a seeded position in the draw.
“I don’t know how many matches I would need to win exactly, but if I had a good run at Queen’s or next week [in Stuttgart] that would give me a good chance," Murray said.
“I have high expectations for myself and lofty goals and ambitions, which I talk about with my team regularly but I will not share them here.
"I don’t think there should be lots of expectation on me to do that well but I have trained hard.
“I have prepared well and physically feel good. Grass is my best surface I feel. I have prepared as best I can for it.
“We will find out in a few weeks what the outcome is for it but the thing I can control is not the results and the performances at Wimbledon but I can control my preparation, my attitude on the court and my effort.
“I can guarantee I will give 100 per cent on that side of things to give myself the best chance to have a good run.”
Andy Murray started his grass season preparations on Monday, with him beating Austrian Jurij Rodionov 6-2, 6-1 at the Surbiton Trophy Challenger event.
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