Tim Henman has predicted Andy Murray will “strengthen much more bodily” after the previous global No.1’s dramatic comeback from a career-threatening hip downside which required surgical procedure originally of the 12 months.

I don’t have any aspirations to be Davis Cup captain Tim Henman

Murray, who lately received in Antwerp, leads Britain into the Davis Cup in Madrid subsequent week and, beneath Henman’s captaincy, on the new ATP Cup in Australia in January.

Henman mentioned throughout the ATP Excursion Finals: “It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? It’s simple in hindsight to mention, “Oh, everyone was once writing him off a little bit briefly”, however while you perceive the severity of the operation, nobody knew how that was once going to spread.

“However you replicate on seeing him in Melbourne in tears after which it’s unbelievable 9, ten months later for him to be profitable a event in Antwerp. I’ve been round him and observed how. I believe he can strengthen much more bodily and the tennis component isn’t going to be an issue, but when he can nonetheless get more healthy and more potent and quicker, then he’s going to play higher.”

He feels the layout of the ATP Cup will assist Murray and fancies Britain to make its mark.

Henman mentioned: “That’s the place, given the spherical robin layout, we unquestionably do have choices to rotate the avid gamers, and surely with the singles with Andy, Dan (Evans) and Cam (Norrie), I really like our possibilities. Likewise with the doubles. You form of really feel that almost all of them may just play with every different.

“That will likely be a lot more a part of the making plans and discussing after we get to Australia, I believe. How they maintain getting there, the stipulations. However it’s great. I’ve been a part of occasions the place we haven’t had any choices and that’s more difficult. I believe with this one, with those 5, we’ve were given a number of choices.”

Henman is “excited” he has been selected by way of Murray to be British skipper down beneath.

However believes Davis Cup-winning captain Leon Smith is not going to hyperlink up together with his workforce.

When requested whether or not Smith can be a part of it, Henman mentioned: “Most probably no longer. I believe with me being captain of the ATP Cup and the construction being a bit bit other I believe he within the Davis Cup position could be very a lot training the avid gamers while I might be expecting within the ATP Cup it’s a fairly extra at ease atmosphere, anticipating the person coaches of the avid gamers to return alongside as neatly so it’s most definitely no longer so related for him to be there.

“Those guys have were given their very own particular person coaches so it’s no longer like I’m going to return in and get started making drastic adjustments to their video games technically. I believe at this degree it’s all about technique it’s all about recreation plans and the way in which that avid gamers impose themselves and the video games in their warring parties so I assume you are attempting to arrange them to ensure they play their very best tennis.”

Did Smith need to do it? Henman mentioned: “Smartly there isn’t truly a call is there as a result of the number 1 participant makes a decision, in order I mentioned I might have concept Leon would had been an excellent choice however with it being a special tournament Andy sought after to have a little bit of a transformation.”

The previous global No.four performed down whether or not he would at some point need the similar position in Davis Cup, which has its finals in Madrid subsequent week.

He mentioned: “I don’t have any aspirations to be Davis Cup captain. This can be a other state of affairs now, however the dedication would all the time had been 8-10 weeks given the character of the event. A a lot more important dedication.

“I will be able to’t pass subsequent week – I’ve were given different stuff on – however I will be able to unquestionably be looking at.”

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