TENNIS: Andy Murray confident bug won’t harm Wimbledon preparations

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Andy Murray is confident a bug that “closed up” his left eye during the French Open will not affect his Wimbledon preparations.

The former Wimbledon champion revealed he battled a low-grade illness during his run to the Roland Garros semi-finals.

Murray also confirmed coach Amelie Mauresmo will not join his back-room staff for next week’s Aegon Championships, but will be on hand for Wimbledon.

The 28-year-old will start his quest for a fourth title at Queen’s Club on Monday, but will face a qualifier so must wait until the end of Sunday’s play to discover his first-round opponent.

“I took three and a half days off after Paris and then practised the last couple of days at Wimbledon then came here today; this is the first day I’ve practised here,” Murray said.

“They were three full days off any training or anything. I needed to rest and recover. I was actually sick for about a week, really, so I needed to recover from that too.

“To be honest, I actually felt okay, but the day I played (David) Ferrer (in the quarter-finals) I didn’t feel great.

“When I got on the court and started running around it was fine, but when I got back my left eye closed up, and I had a bad cough for a couple of days.

“I don’t know whether I was just run down or tired, but it had been a long few weeks - but I feel fine now.”

Tennis bosses have this year added an extra week’s break to the global calendar between the end of the French Open and the start of Wimbledon.

Queen’s has become an ATP 500 event, worth double the rankings points and with the winner’s prize money jumping from around 80,000 euros last year to in excess of 380,000 euros this summer.

Murray is adamant the extra week’s recovery time has not had any bearing on his health - he claimed he would have played at Queen’s regardless of the extended break.

“I still would have played here: I needed to take a few days’ break because I had it (the illness),” said Murray.

“Obviously if there wasn’t that break I still would have played.

“I felt fine when I was on the court.

“But often when you start to feel a little bit sick, once you get out there you feel fine, but you feel fine and tired and not so great in the morning.

“But once you get going you feel fine, so I would definitely have still played this week.”

Murray admitted he was pleased coach Mauresmo has been cleared to join his camp for Wimbledon, given she will soon require maternity leave.

New back-room recruit Jonas Bjorkman will be on hand at Queen’s, before pairing up with former French Open champion Mauresmo at SW19.

“Amelie will be at Wimbledon but we’d never planned on her coming here this year,” said Murray.

“It’s good, I like having her (Mauresmo) around the tournaments.

“It’s been for me a very good start to the year.

“And I think it’s good as well that before she is away for a few months from the team that her and Jonas can spend some time together as well.

“I’d imagine during Wimbledon that Amelie can take the lead and Jonas can see how we operate a bit more as a team.

“We know each other a lot better than we did this time last year, so she should be able to help a lot more this year.”