Stuttgart was a success, abdominal injury a setback but what would define a successful Wimbledon for Andy Murray?

Since teaming up with Ivan Lendl following the conclusion of the Miami Open the preparations have been for Wimbledon, that is the goal.

Along the way the road has been knocked off course, Murray was due to play some hard court challengers in either USA or Asia but they were cancelled and instead he accepted a wildcard for Madrid where he defeated Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov in back to back rounds.

Since then the focus shifted back to grass and preparing for Wimbledon.

Murray opened his grass court season at the ATP 125 Challenge event in Surbiton, he was the top seed but his run ended in the semi-finals. The Brit was up a set against Denis Kudla and lost 7-5 6-7 3-6 to the American.

He then left Surbiton for Stuttgart, Murray came through his opener 6-4 6-3 against Australia’s Christopher O’Connell and it set up a second round meeting with a tricky Alex Bublik. Murray came through this as well as victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios before losing to Matteo Berrettini in the final of a wonderful run in Stuttgart.

The run in Stuttgart came with a price, the Brit who could have been on the verge of top 35 with a good run in Queens had to withdraw with an abdominal injury.

This does hinder the momentum he built from Surbiton and Stuttgart and hampers those preparations for Wimbledon.

What would define a successful Wimbledon?

When the plan of preparing for Wimbledon was announced in March I did think to myself, is it putting all of the eggs in one basket?

To begin with a Grand Slam draw is unknown for an unranked player, you could get an unfavourable draw and that is a big obstacle. Even before this injury in Stuttgart I did begin to think, what at Wimbledon would be defined a success? I would like to see Andy in the second week, it requires a strong recovery from this set-back and from match to match.

We do have to see it from the bigger picture though, the progress and determination Murray has shown since his hip surgery has been phenomenal, he had to build up his body again and we can talk about expectations, define successes but at the end of the day he is the real winner.

He’s fought hard to be out there doing what he loves, many wrote him off and have continued to do so but he proves them wrong.

I hope for a successful run for Murray but in the wider picture being at Wimbledon is a success and a testament to the work he has put in you cannot deny that.

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