Hip no handicap for 2020 campaign:Murray
Andy Murray and wife Kim at the launch of Amazon Prime Documentary “Resurfacing” Photo Amazon Prime
Andy Murray says he’s now ready for a full-on charge into 2020, with his surgically cobbled-together hip set to take the strain.
“I know I’ll be able to compete in major tournaments without having to worry about it,” Murray said in London prior to the release of an Amazon documentary on his injury struggles and career.
The 32-year-old insists he’s ready for the intensity of the five-set encounters he can expect at the Australian Open from January 20. To prepare, he is entered for the Britishside in the New ATP Cup from the first week of the New Year in Oz.
“I’ve played three-set matches and some long ones recently, but the best of five is an extra hour, hour-and-a-half on top of that so I’ll find out in Australia.
“At the beginning, you’re thinking about it (hip) after every movement you make and that’s not a good way to go into competing but now I’m not thinking about it when I’m playing,” the Scot added.
Last January after losing a five-set Melbourne match while competing in agony before what turned into a second hip op in 12 months, a tearful Murray came close to announcing his retirement.
Things were looking so bad that Open officials even screened a tribute to the former No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner on the assumption that he might have played his final match at the major.
But he is putting the brakes on any wild expectations for success in Australia starting in barely a month.
“I’m not expecting to win the tournament (Australian Open) but if I can play a five-set match and get through and have no ill effects on the hip … that’s success.”
Murray’s comeback began to hit stride when he resumed seriously at mid-year; he played for a month straight in China and the Antwerp event in the autumn, lifting the title in Belgium – his first trophy since 2017 – in a total surprise.
Murray also contributed one match win to the British effort in last week’s Davis Cup in Madrid.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online