Its great to see Andy Murray back on court! His Brisbane return started off in decent fashion with a win over local favourite James Duckworth. Andy won the match 6-3 6-4.
Murray seems to be in a better place than he was 12 months ago, but he is still very unsure about his future. At present it seems like he is just happy to be back on court and playing.
“I was a bit nervous. But as the match went on I thought I moved well,” Murray told reporters after his 10th successive win in Brisbane, having won the tournament at both his previous appearances in 2012 and 2013.
“It’s my first match after a big break. It’s not easy to sum up [but] it’s been really hard the last 18 months, been a lot of ups and downs trying to get back on court.
“Being back now I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can, for as long as I can because I am not sure how much longer I have got.”
As an unseeded player in Brisbane he has a tough draw, with a second round clash with Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev.
Brett Lennard is currently running a series of interviews with some of the best tennis coaches in Australia. Here is a great interview with Gary Stickler. Gary has coaches some of Australia’s top tennis talent including Pat Rafter and John Millman.
Ben Mitchell is returning to the tennis court at the Alice Spring ITF Tournament. Ben reached a career high of 204 back in 2015, but stopped playing due to personal reasons.
“It’s early days, my first tournament back, but obviously I’m refreshed mentally,” Mitchell said. “I’ve put in a ten-week training block leading up to this, so I’m going to give the Aussie summer a good crack and then go from there.”
Mitchell added that Alice Springs was “basically his last tournament” before his time away from the game. “Probably last year when I was here, all I could think about was getting back home and stopping. It was pretty tough with things off court and I was not really enjoying the whole lifestyle of it all.” he said.
“But now I feel like I want to be here and I want to do well, so there’s obviously been a big change in mindset.”
Andy Murray has confirmed that he has withdrawn from the ATP tournaments in Shanghai and Beijing. It looks like he will instead focus on getting back to peak fitness in time for the tournament in Brisbane at the start of 2018.
“Just wanted to update you all on my injury and the rest of my season.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the upcoming events in Beijing and Shanghai, and most likely, the final two events to finish the season in Vienna and Paris due to my hip injury which has been bothering me the last few months.
“Having consulted with a number of leading hip specialists over the last week, along with my own team, we have decided that this is the best decision for my long-term future.
“Although this has been a frustrating year on court for many reasons, I’m confident after this extended period of rest and rehabilitation that I will be able to reach my best level again and be competing for Grand Slam titles next season.
“I will be beginning my 2018 season in Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open and I’m look forward playing in Glasgow later this year against Roger for UNICEF UK and Sunny-sid3up.
“I have a fantastic team working alongside me to help me through this process and appreciate the support from them and all of my fans over this difficult period.”
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