November 24, 2020

Kyle Edmund hoping for positive Andy Murray news at Queens

Kyle Edmund hoping for positive Andy Murray news at Queen's
Edmund is hoping to see Murray back in action (Pictrue: Anadolu Agency/Getty)

Kyle Edmund is hoping to see Andy Murray back in action at Queens this week, with the two-time Wimbledon champion set to make a decision over his participation on Saturday morning.

The Yorkshireman has risen to British No. 1 in the absence of the Scot, who has not played a competitive match since hobbling out of his Wimbledon quarter-final against Sam Querrey in 2017, and will be the top-ranked home favourite heading into this years grass-court Grand Slam.

Murray has endured a tough time away from the sport due to a hip problem and went under the knife earlier this season, having failed to return to action at the Australian Open.

However, he is on the verge of a comeback ahead of Wimbledon and played two encouraging practice sets against compatriot Cam Norrie on Friday afternoon.

Kyle Edmund hoping for positive Andy Murray news at Queen's
Murray hit with Norrie (Picture: /Getty Images for LTA)

And with a decision over whether he can compete arriving shortly, Edmund revealed he would love to see him back on court.

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Yeah, as tennis fans watching wherever – round the world or at home – and in Britain for sure would love to see him back, he said.

Its been really unfortunate that its now been a year and a year is am long time to be out and not have any matches. If its three months or four months, its different but I think a year is a while and for sure I think everyone is keen to see him back.

Only he knows where he is in terms of his body and so on… I just spoke to him in terms of Ive hit with him and I speak to him then but I never ask how his hips been – I never ask that question because hell probably not want to answer it and he probably gets asked it a lot.

Though the pair just worked through a series as Edmund continued adapting to the grass after a fine clay-court swing, the world No. 18 was seriously impressed with the three-time Grand Slam winners level.

When asked if he was still hitting the ball well, he replied: Thats the thing. That was very impressive to see was hes, you know, a proper tennis player and you can tell because even with time away from a match court he still hits a very good ball, very clean and just a pure striker of the ball.

Kyle Edmund hoping for positive Andy Murray news at Queen's
Murray will make a decision on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images for LTA)

Thats never disappeared. I guess the thing is obviously the movement. But in terms of a ball striker it was no different. He hits a very good ball and it was great to drill with him.

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If Murray opts not to compete at Queens, he faces the prospect of jumping straight into best-of-five sets tennis without fine tuning his game.

And Edmund admitted it would make life tougher for the former world No. 1.

I dont know cos Ive never really done it but… Im sure it is tough in the sense that its always good to play tennis before a Grand Slam: you get match fit physically and also in your head, its good to play matches because you anticipate plays a lot better.

I always find when you dont play for a while, you start thinking a little bit more but when you play regularly and matches, its like autopilot – it just happens.

I dont know, it depends… its a tough question because its obviously related to Andy but hes not played for a year. But if he played two weeks before – like some of the top players do: they have like a week or two weeks out and they are able to play OK.

So, its just one of them: it depends on the person. If youve taken a period out from tennis but also youre coming back from injury, its going to be tough. But only Andy knows what its going to be like.

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