Andy Murray Ups the Anti, Post-Surgery.

With Scotland’s sporting hero Andy Murray off the courts after hip surgery, sporting enthusiasts and those more inclined to keep up with the Kardashians have become curious; when will he be back? And more so, will he make it back to number one?

In true Murray style, he responded to the question of if he’ll return to the big leagues by saying, “If I can get myself to 95% of my best, I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level. No question.”

Andy post-operation with his coach Jamie Delgado/ Image Credit: Andy Murray on Instagram.

Although he seems to have no questions, his goals could potentially hinder his progression in competition when he eventually comes back.

Goals so extreme are often found to carry a huge amount of pressure; not only is the plan to progress from bed-ridden to professionally training before June – a monumental amount of work. But announcing it to the world automatically puts the spotlight on you.

During training, the stress may or may not be just as prominent, because any issues faced behind closed doors are more–or–less hidden. But once an athlete is pushed into the spotlight and their performance criticized, stress becomes significantly worse.

Elizabeth Ryan, practitioner for sports psychology company Ice Cool Confidence explained just how this pressure comes to a head during competition.

She said: “It really depends on how they deal with the coverage and if they are comfortable with it or not, but I do think it adds to the pressure.

“I recently coached a figure skater who was being followed around by a TV crew. It can have a negative impact on a skater’s performance when a camera is on them and a microphone is thrust at them.

“When an athlete is under pressure their performance can suffer because they are unable to focus on the job at hand.

“Allowing head space for anxieties, nerves and pressure can result in decreased confidence, which can then lead to basic errors. These in turn lower the confidence further and produce more mistakes.”

So with Murray’s confidence making headlines, telling tales of hoping to be back by June and getting the number one spot back, it may well backfire as the pressure mounts.

Murray hopes to be back by July/Image Credit: Andy Murray on Instagram.

On the contrary, his confidence may also be down to feeling the benefits of the surgery.

Speaking to journalists on a conference call, he said “The rest of my body feels fantastic. I feel really, really good physically apart from this one issue.

“The surgery allows me to extend my hip well, and I’ll be able to sprint.”

The improvements he’s feeling could balance out some of the pressure put on him, but until he makes it back onto the court, the sporting career of one of Scotland’s most successful athletes hangs in the balance.

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