Tim Henman remains convinced that Andy Murray’s tennis career is not yet over.
The 33-year-old Scot has done it tough over the past several seasons, recovering from a pair of hip surgeries and struggling throughout.
But former British standout Henners believes that the former No. 1 still has solid career comeback chances.
He told Britain’s PA: “He’s had an incredibly difficult last three years, trying to fight his way back from his hip injury.
“There are signs that he is making improvements and then he has another little setback.
“He will be desperately keen to get back to playing but he has just got to build up his strength and stamina and hopefully competing on a consistent basis.”
Murray played his last match of the virus-interrupted 2020 season a month ago when he lost in the Cologne first round to Fernando Verdasco.
The treble Grand Slam winner managed to get through only seven matches since the lost-lockdown ATP resumption in August – his sum total on court for the season.
Henman remains convinced that Murray will be back in 2021.
“The tennis level is there, it is just whether his body can maintain. We saw him beat (Alexander) Zverev (Cincinnati second round), who went on to get to the US Open final.
“Andy is still capable of playing great tennis, but (he faces) the challenge of being able to put in the work on the practice court and being able to play these tough matches and recover to be ready.”