Jun 8, 2009

Is Andy Murray ready to play his best tennis on grass?

Andy Murray will begin his grass season in the newly-named AEGON Championships at the Queen’s Club in London this week hoping that this will be an ideal warm-up to this year’s Wimbledon.

Without the presence of defending champion and world no.1 Rafael Nadal, who opted out of the tournament due to a knee injury, Murray gets to be the no.1 seed.

However, the British top player believes that Nadal will be back in time for Wimbledon.
“I’ve played Rafa a lot of different times on a lot of different surfaces: we’ve practised together quite a lot as well, so we know we know each other’s games well,” said Murray.

“It’s nice that I won’t have to play him here but I’m sure he’ll be back for Wimbledon, trying to defend his title there.”
The Scot also said that the pressure on him to win his first Grand Slam is just a side show.
“I had a good run at the French and feel good coming in here but I guess it’s the same for everyone," he said.

"The grass takes a few days to get used to but I’ve felt good practising on it so far.

“I think everyone hypes up the pressure around Wimbledon time, but once you step on the court, you’re just playing tennis.”
Murray has been training in London since losing in the French Open quarter-finals last week.

He has spent some time on the grass courts at Queen's, where he has practised with Lleyton Hewitt, who will be his doubles partner this week.

(Via sports.stv.tv; Image via Getty Images)

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