Corretja advises Murray: skip the French Open clay

Former part-time mentor Alex Corretja has issued some unsolicited advice to ailing Andy Murray – avoid the French Open clay this season.

The 2001 Roland Garros finalist who guided Murray on clay from 2008-2011, made his suggestion to the 32-year-old Scot who has done it tough as he struggles  more than a year on to recover fully from a second hip operation. :

“I really don’t know how he feels now. But I think he should aim for the grass-court season especially and, why not, again the Olympics,” the Catalan said.. 

“It is very special, he loves the feeling and it is a competition he knows that he can win. I would focus on that.”

The Eurosport tennis commentator believes that Murray could save stress on his hip and a new pelvic injury which kept him from the Australian summer by rationing his playing resources – which means avoiding the gruelling clay-court Grand Slam won 12 times by Rafael Nadal.

Former No. 1 Murray made a comeback of sorts last autumn, competing for more than a month on the trot in Asia and winning a surprise title in Antwerp in October.

But his off-season was devoted to trying to keep fresh physical problems  in check and he had to skip the entire Aussie season. His return to the courts is uncertain after withdrawing from February tournaments in Montpellier this week and Rotterdam.from Monday.

Alex Corretja in 2001 French Open Final   Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

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