Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is set to make his competitive return to action at Queen’s Club this week after almost a year out with a hip injury.
The 31-year-old Briton talks about the decision to have surgery in January, and his recovery, in his regular BBC Sport column.
Moving towards the start line now feels great and I’m really looking forward to playing again. There have been times where I have been practising on the court and not managed to get to the start line.
With sport you play to win but when you are away from something you love doing for almost a year you realise you’re playing because you love it.
I didn’t start playing to win Wimbledon or get to number one in the world. I never believed that was something I was going to do or something I thought about when I was a kid growing up.
I played tennis because I loved it and continued doing that throughout my whole career.
Of course pressure comes as you get older and start to do better but when you step away from the sport for a long time then you look at things a little bit differently.