Judy Murray is playing down concerns of a long delay in Andy Murray's comeback, suggesting that the former No. 1 could still return for Wimbledon.
British press said this week that Murray had reduced his training in recent weeks and might not begin his return from hip surgery during the grass-court season as planned. But Judy Murray said her son was still working hard to get back on tour.
"His goal was always to be ready for the grass-court season," she told the BBC. "It's been a long and frustrating layoff for him and he's doing everything he can to be ready. But the strength and depth of men's tennis is so great that I don't think anybody would want to come back into that environment unless you are 100 percent.
"I'm sure when he's got some news he will share that."
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There had previously been speculation that Murray was recovering better than anticipated and might return at the new Loughborough Challenger in Britain in two weeks. But he now appears to be unlikely to play the indoor hard-court event.
There has been little communication from Murray on social media on his training, and the BBC said he has also withdrawn from scheduled corporate appearances.
Rafael Nadal, who has experienced repeated injury interruptions during his career, spoke to Murray around a month ago and hinted at problems when he described the conversation to press at Monaco.
"He asked me about things. I tell him the things that I think worked for me," said Nadal, adding that it was "tough and frustrating" for players "when you work every day and you don’t see any improvements."
"But then one day trying things, trying treatments, one day things are going better."
But according to Judy, Murray wants to resume his career and has "still got a lot of things he wants to achieve in the game."
His first scheduled tournament is the ATP grass-court event at 's-Hertogenbosch.
Murray is still in the Top 40 in the rankings.