Wimbledon | Federer comments on Murray’s decision
ANDY Murray can get back to the top.
That’s the view of eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.
Brit Murray, himself a two-time winner and former world No.1, pulled out on the eve of the Championships insisting he was not fully fit.
You have it. You don't forget how to play tennis. It's like riding a bike your brushing your teeth. It's not like you're going to all of a sudden rock up and forget about it all Roger Federer
The 31-year-old came back from 11 months out with hip trouble despite three matches over Queen’s and Eastbourne.
And Federer, 36, who has come back from long–term injury to win Grand Slams and regain world No.1, said: “ I’m not going to tell him what to play and what not to play. I think most important is if he does return, he’s fully fit, because then anything is possible, especially for a former top guy.
“You have it. You don’t forget how to play tennis. It’s like riding a bike your brushing your teeth. It’s not like you’re going to all of a sudden rock up and forget about it all.
“I think the body just needs to be there. Seems right now it’s not the case. You wonder, Why did he then play Queen’s and Eastbourne? Only he and his team know. Look, that’s the only advice I would give. I’ve realised that, that if you do come back too soon, it’s always a problem. I feel like it lingers more.
“I’m hopeful he’s going to feel better and better as time goes by. If that means he comes back in a month, that’s great. If he comes back in a year, well, so be it. I’m hopeful to see a fully fit Andy Murray again. That’s what I care about really as a fellow rival, friend, guy around who has been there before. That’s what I’m hopeful for.”