Andy Murray had complicated hip surgery earlier this year to cure his long-term chronic pain.
The injury threatened to end the world No 1’s career, however, he is now back on the mend and hoping to compete at this summer’s Wimbledon Championships.
And doubles star Jamie has provided a latest update into the mentality of his sibling, who wants to be back competing with the best players in the world.
“I guess when you’ve played at the top for so long and you’ve only every been about winning Grand Slams and Masters Series, I guess that’s the level that you want to come back to,” Jamie told The 2 Barrys Tennis Takeaway Podcast.
“If you told him that you can come back and you can play to 40 in the world, I don’t think that’s inspiring for him when you’re used to playing semi-finals, finals, and all these big matches.
“But again, I don’t know how much he misses it. I don’t know how much he misses the competition and being back on court competing.
“I would imagine for him, having had so many incredible moments on a tennis court, if you don’t feel like you can achieve them again then it would be difficult to stay quite motivated.”
Murray has been drawing inspiration from Bob Bryan, who at 41 years old continues to dominate the doubles draw having had to same surgery.
“It’s been very difficult for him since he stopped playing at Wimbledon in 2017, I think,” Jamie added.
“He’s done absolutely anything and everything he can to get his body right to compete. In Australia he was like ‘I just can’t keep going like this’ because there was just too much pain everyday and he said ‘I need to go and get the surgery done but after that I don’t know what will happen’. There was no sort of history of players doing that.
“The thing is nobody [playing singles] has had the surgery and on top of that nobody had had the surgery and then tried to go back and play tennis again.
“He didn’t really have anything to go on to know what was possible form the surgery but he doing his rehab and he getting more active as the video showed.
“He saw Bob Bryan in Miami last week having had the same surgery and he’s 41-year-old now, so I’m sure that gives him enough confidence to know he can get back out on court and play.
“Obviously, doubles is a lot different. You’re getting out and running side-to-side on a singles court and movement plays a huge part in his game.”