Andy Murray comically lobs ball into neighbour’s garden on rusty return

Andy Murray is battling to recover fitness and form, but his backhand could do with a little work judging by a new video of the Scot.

Andy Murray was faced with the embarrassing prospect of having to ask neighbours for his tennis ball back on Sunday.

The two-time Wimbledon champion, former US Open winner and twice Olympic gold medallist showed he can be a tennis mortal too when he blundered with a backhand.

Playing on his drive at home, Murray was striking balls at a portable tennis hitting wall, getting out with a racket for the first time since March. Murray, locked down during the coronavirus crisis, released a video on Instagram of how it all went wrong.

“Hit some forehands and backhands for the first time in 7 weeks today… it didn’t end well…”, said Murray on Instagram

In the video, Murray’s embarrassment was clear as he followed a run of crisp forehands with a wayward backhand that soared high.

“Oh, s***’,” exclaimed Murray, raising his left hand up to his face as he cringed at the lost ball.

 

ATP Tour rival, and friend, Nick Kyrgios was amused by the video, replying to Murray: “Hahahahahahahaha – Muzz Instagram live? Let’s get some banter going. Let’s set this up.”

Murray agreed to an online chat with the brash Australian, on one condition.

“I’m in so long as you promise to behave,” said the Scot, with a couple of crying laughter emojis.

The former world number 1 has proven very funny during the lockdown on social networks. He also illustrated himself during the virtual Madrid Open he won.

He is battling to be ready to return to action when the tennis tour comes back, having struggled with a pelvic injury and bone growth problems that kept him out of the Australian Open early in the year.

Murray did not play a professional match since Davis Cup last December. Murray pulled out of January’s Australian Open due to an injury he sustained since November.

In October, he won the European Open, beating Wawrinka in the final. A magnificent performance after having undergone two dire surgeries.

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