Just one match into the new season, Andy Murray may already be injured! The Scot was pushed hard last night by Mikhail Kukushkin winning in the end 57, 63, 62.
According to this report from the Age, Murray was “battling a variety of physical ailments” including back and possibly hip problems.
“You’re meant to be ready from the start, and I wasn’t quite there today, so I need to improve on that for the next round, but I played better towards the end,” Murray told the paper. “I was starting to move a little bit better. My body loosened up a little bit, so hopefully I’ll pull up OK tomorrow.”
England’s Daily Telegraph had this quote from Murray: “(My body) just takes time to get used to playing competitive matches again,” he said. “I’ve had a few little niggles over the past couple of weeks but they’ll be gone by the Australian Open. I just need to play through them now and hopefully feel better.
“I’ve always turned up for the first few matches a bit sore, so it’s nothing to worry about.”
Murray’s had a long history of playing through what appeared to physical distress. So as he says it seems like it’s just part of his nature. Or Murray fans can only hope.
Murray, who recently added Ivan Lendl as his new coach, returns tonight to play lefty Gilles Muller.
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