Andy Murray’s recovery from the stomach muscle injury which stopped him cold in the Stuttgart final with Matteo Berrettini is going slowly,
British media are already concerned about the state of the Scot with the Wimbledon start just six days away.
The two-time tournament winner had it all to play for during his week on grass this month in Germany, but was ambushed with the apparent strain which forced him to miss last week at Queen’s Club.
During recovery, he has been unable to fully train, with the Daily Mail reporting that he remains unable to manage serves and overheads.
“The positive is that I’ve been able to get on the practice court and hit balls and work on a lot of different things, but there’s specific shots that I have not been able to practice,” he told British media.
“That has obviously hampered the preparations. In the next couple of days, I’ll have to start to increase that and test it to see where it’s at.”
The former No. 1 added: “Obviously the plan is still to play. The injury that I had is improving. I’ve had it rescanned since then and it’s progressing in the right way.”
As a veteran of five years of much worse injury dramas – including his pair of hip surgeries and a groin problem – the 35-year-old is taking it all in his stride.
“It’s frustrating to be in this position in the build-up to Wimbledon, but I’ve been in worse situations in recent years.
“I’ve dealt with certainly worse issues in the last few years and handled them okay.”
Murray has missed Wimbledon for four of the past five editions, reaching the third round a year ago where he lost to Denis Shapovalov.