ANDY MURRAY reckons he can get back to the top — after being praised for his BOTTOM.
The Scot, who had career-saving hip surgery in January, was named 2019 Rear of the Year and now hopes awards on court will follow.
He said: “Maybe in four or five months, I can get there.
“I need to be patient, not expect too much, too soon — but how I am hitting the ball in practice is still there. The skill is there but I need to get physically better.
“I hope over time I will get faster. And I think I will.”
And Muzza added: “I look forward to playing them if, physically, I am capable of competing.
“I don’t look forward to going on the court against one of those guys and not feeling like I have a chance of winning. Which probably right now, if I played them tomorrow, that’s how I would feel.”
On the Rear of the Year award, father-of-two Murray, 32, laughed: “I’m very proud of it. My wife has always told me I have a nice bum.”
Murray is plotting a Davis Cup singles return in November after a three-year absence — but the former world No 1 did not commit to the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia in the new year.
It is set to be launched in January and will be based in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Murray must now decide by 5pm today whether to enter using his protected world ranking.
Yet he does not want to jeopardise his preparations for an Australian Open comeback — after breaking down there last January when he feared his career could be over.
He said: “I’m finding that quite a difficult choice to make.
“The Aussie Open would be the priority. I’d feel very fortunate to go back and compete after everything that went on last year.
“I’ve played my best level of tennis there over the years. I’ll be pumped to go back.”
Andy Murray was speaking at the launch of the TRR Nutrition PRO Advanced Collagen daily supplement