Andy Murray has posted the first footage of him on a tennis court since ending his season with a hip injury as he begins his preparation for his exhibition match with Roger Federer in November.
The British No. 1 has not played competitive tennis since hobbling out of Wimbledon to America’s Sam Querrey and he’s set to make his official comeback in Brisbane at the start of the 2018 season.
However, the three-time major winner will take on Federer on November 7 when the pair play a match for Andy Murray Live at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
The 30-year-old took to Instagram to post a video of him serving – the first footage of him on a tennis court since he was attempting to prepare for the US Open – along with the caption: ‘Slowly but surely getting there.’
And it wasn’t a bad serve either, a nice angled serve out wide to the ad court and while it was not necessarily at full speed, there was no criticising his accuracy.
Murray fans will no doubt just be happy to see the Scot with a racquet in his hand in what’s been an injury-hit season for the ATP Tour.
Last year’s top-five players have remarkably all ended 2017 early, with Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori joining Murray on the sidelines.
Fellow notable stars Nick Kyrgios, Tomas Berdych and Gilles Muller have made similar moves in recent weeks, with question marks surrounding the intensity and length of the ATP season.
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With Federer and Rafael Nadal both ending 2016 prematurely in order to return to full fitness for this year – where they’ve split all four majors between them – it could well become a more popular trend to take an extended break from the rigours of the tour, particularly should Murray and Djokovic enjoy real success upon their returns too.
But, for now, it will just be a welcome sight to see Murray back in action and hopefully this is just the start of a full recovery ahead of 2018.