A defiant Andy Murray has claimed his fitness is 'as good as it has ever been,' although he knows he needs to translate that into regular tennis.
Murray has struggled to get going this year for a variety of reasons.
He tested positive for Covid just before the Australian Open, and then required some time away from the game due to becoming a dad again.
When he attempted to return at the Miami Open, he then suffered a freak groin injury and, two doubles matches in Rome aside, he has not played since.
He is eager to put that right in the UK this summer as the ATP Tour moves onto grass, and he's confident he has the fitness to be able to do it.
When asked by the Guardian how he was feeling ahead of Queen's and Wimbledon, Murray said: “Over the last few years, whenever I’ve been asked, ‘How do you feel?’, I’m like, ‘Yes, I feel good!’ And then something happens.”
“Yes, I feel good! I want to be fit and able to play, and I think I will be.
"My team and the physios and doctors feel as if I will be. I’m excited to play at Wimbledon again, in front of crowds. I’ve missed that.
“All the physical testing I did in December and recently shows my fitness is as good as it’s ever been, but injuries or pain affect your ability to compete.
"Why I’m doing all of the work, and why I’m keeping myself in great shape, is so that when I get through the worst of these problems, I’m able to still compete at the highest level.”
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