Andy Murray is keen to get stuck into this week’s pre-Wimbledon tune-up at Queens’ with the Scot ready to test his body once again after two hip operations.

The five-time champion in west London will make his first-round start against lethargic Frenchman Benoit Paire, who has lost 12 of 14 matches this season – mainly through lack of interest during the restricted COVID era.

But the 34-year-old Murray is just the opposite, with the Scot eager to see if his body can match what he feels is solid tennis,

“I feel okay. I don’t feel perfect, but I’ve been practising well over the last month,” he said on Monday. “I’ve been training at Wimbledon, and we came here the last few days and had a couple of good practices.”

The three-time Grand Slam winner said it all depends on how his fitness holds up after playing his last Tour match three months ago in Rotterdam.

“I’ve been feeling good at different points throughout the last nine months or so and felt good going into tournaments.

“I can’t say with any great certainty I will be okay, I hope I will be, because I’ve seen enough in practice that my tennis is fine and in a good place.

“But physically I need to hold up while playing matches.”

He added: “If my goal is to get to No. 1 in the world or to win majors then I would have stopped three, four years ago (the period when his hip problems got serious enough for surgery).

“I want to keep trying; I still have the desire to go out there and compete and to train every day to try and improve and give myself a chance to keep going.

“I want to create more memories on the court and get more wins.”

Main photo:- Andy Murray won Queens doubles with Feliciano Lopez in 2019


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