Rosmalen | Murray’s entry confirmed
Marcel Hunze, the Tournament Director of the Libema Open 2018, has confirmed that Andy Murray has chosen Hunze’s tournament to make his long-anticipated comeback after he had a labral tear in his right hip surgically repaired in January earlier this year.
Libema is the brand new sponsor of the tournament, which is better known as the Rosmalen or ’s-Hertogenbosch tournament, the premier tennis event in The Netherlands.
While the tournament has a sturdy reputation on the ATP Tour, it has never quite matched the glittering glow of The Queen’s Club tournament or The Halle Open, historically the two most desirable crowns for the pros in the intense run up to the grass of The Championships at Wimbledon.
Queen’s has been dominated by Murray of late while Halle has been dominated by Federer, who is going for an incredible 10th title there this year.
It is therefore sensible that Murray has chosen one of the smaller events of the tour at which to re-acclimatise himself.
Murray’s mother, Judy, has made it clear that her son thinks it would be a false economy for him to come back when his body isn’t ready.
He has probably studied the history of the comeback game, of which there are plenty of cases, and learned from them, respecting his body fully by not rushing back to the court.
The best thing to have come from Murray’s mouth in the year-long near-vacuum of communication has been glimpses of his genuine pure passion for the sport, which he loves, and his surprise at how much he missed the white heat of competition.
It is no coincidence that Murray chose a grass court for his comeback, the surface that is by far the easiest on the body, and it will give him a hopeful platform to build into something approaching decent form to give himself at least an outside shot at winning Wimbledon.