Sir Andy Murray has admitted his tireless efforts to become the world number one tennis player may have burnt him out and almost cost him his career.
The two-time Wimbledon champion became the highest-ranked player on the planet in 2017 under trainer Ivan Lendl’s guidance.
But he has been plagued by a hip problem since then which has seen him out of the sport for 18 months.
The Brit feared he would have to retire at the start of the year due to the injury, but having undergone pioneering hip surgery in January he is now back playing at the top level again.
He won his first singles title back on the ATP Tour in Antwerp to raise hopes he can get back to his Grand-Slam winning best, with his remarkable recovery depicted in the Amazon Prime Video movie, ‘Andy Murray: Resurfacing’ – out this Friday.
While Murray is determined to challenge for the highest honours once more, he admits he may have pushed himself too far in the past – heavily contributing to his hip problem – and now trains much smarter than he did.
“It’s quite difficult for me to look at the results and say it was the wrong way to do it,” Murray said of his previously intense schedule.
“But I think it’s quite important because the operation I had was a really big operation to have at my age.
“Is there a way I could have done things differently? Could I have not worked so hard? Or worked smarter?”
“I used to think the more hours you put in was better for you, but I don’t believe that’s actually the case,” he continued.
“But I know since I’ve started playing again from this operation, I’m practicing less and training less and still able to compete at a really high level.
“I have no option now to do it differently than I did before because of the operation, but I guess I’ll find out more in the next 18 months, two years.
“When you get older you start to question things more about what you were doing and what you could do differently.
“I’m obviously sitting here with a metal hip and I would have rather avoided that.”
Murray unsurprisingly has modest hopes when he returns to Grand Slam action down under at the start of the year, revealing the best outcome for him would simply be to get through a five-set match.
“I haven’t played a best of five match since I had the operation,” he added.
“A good result would be that I can play a best of five set match and have no ill effects from that with my hip.
“That would be a huge step and a really positive thing for me. That means I’d be able to compete and hopefully do well at the Grand Slams in the future, which is what I would like to do.”
‘Andy Murray: Resurfacing’ will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday
Source: TalkSport.com Tennis