Andy Murray ‘has an INCREDIBLE opportunity’ to do well in this summer’s grass season, says confidant Mark Petchey … despite Scot choosing to miss French Open over hip ‘pain concerns’
- Murray will miss the clay court event that starts at Roland Garros this weekend
- Instead, he is preparing to return to the Nottingham Challenger next week
- Petchey – a member of his support team – supported Murray in getting it right this summer
- His warning was that tournament schedules can be difficult and unrelenting
Andy Murray still has an excellent chance of doing well in the upcoming grass season, according to one of the teams who recently worked with him.
Rather than playing the French Open, Murray has spent time with the All England Club, which is preparing to return to the Nottingham Challenger next week.
Among those on the track with him to complement his support group was Mark Petchey, who has now switched to working for ITV reporting Roland Garros.
Andy Murray (above) has an ‘incredible’ chance of doing well in the summer lawn season
Murray’s closest confidant Mark Petchey works with him on court as a support staff
The former British player, and the Scot’s full-time coach at the start of his career, gave a generally optimistic progress report that also included a warning.
“As I’ve seen him hit the ball, he has an incredible chance of doing really well,” said Petchey of the upcoming tournaments.
‘The only thing he doesn’t have, and that’s the great unknown, is of course matches, and it’s clear that this is a sport where you have to play for days on end.
Football, you get to come in and play midweek and a game on Saturday, tennis is pretty brutal from that point of view, in that you have to go in and play for four or five days straight, and that’s not something Andy has done .
“So a great stranger, but if anyone can do it, he can.”
Murray will miss the French Open from Roland Garros this weekend due to ‘hip pain’
Sir Andy will instead focus on preparing to return to the Nottingham Challenger next week
Murray wanted to play clay court, but after two doubles matches at the Italian Open in Rome earlier this month, he broke plans to participate in pre-French Open tournaments due to pain and focused on the grass.
Petchey insisted that despite having a metal hip, the Scot was determined to play at the highest level in singles.
‘At this stage of his career it is still all or nothing. His mentality is very much that if I can get myself fit enough, I can go out and play with the elite players in the world on a singles court, that’s his mentality right now.
“There is clearly a little bit around him in terms of how much he can do and hopefully he can do whatever he wants, but that will eventually become his calling.”