Even Judy Murray can’t offer a solid prediction on when son Andy will emerge form the hip surgery hell which has interrupted his tennis career for more than two years.
The Scottish grass-roots tennis evangelist has told a local podcast that there is no way to know when her 32-year-old second son can come back to the courts.
Murray, who underwent his second hip operation in January, 2019. managed to struggle back into action sporadically last season, even winning the ATP Antwerp title in October and playing a Davis Cup match.
He was unable to front up for the Australian tennis summer and has yet to announce any comeback plans.
His recovery has been impacted by fresh pain, leaving his the future of the three-time Grand Slam winner completely up in the air.
Murray revealed recently that he could be facing yet another operation due to bone growing in soft tissue around his repaired hip.
The 60-year-old Judy has called her son’s ordeal an “incredible physical and emotional challenge.”
“Andy’s got so many fans out there and everybody wants to know when you’re going to see him again – often the answer to that is ‘I don’t know’.
“Because you don’t know. You don’t know how long an injury is going to take to rehab or repair itself or what more you might have to go through.
“You do your rehab, you go back into training. You start gently, you build it up. You test it out, you go into competition. You test it out there
“Then you see where you’re at and you have to adjust your schedule of training and competition to create a balance”
The former British Fed Cup coach added: “You can’t just go from doing nothing for a long time to doing five sets at the Australian Open, for example.
“He’s not going to rush anything, he’s going to take time and make sure his body is absolutely ready before he puts it back in again. But it’s an incredible physical and emotional challenge for him.”