Newly crowned Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is already making changes to his future schedule after a big summer haul. Murray announced yesterday in Shanghai that he will forego the 2013 Dubai event to focus more on the Indian Wells Masters 1000, and perhaps get himself better into the No. 1 mix.
“The last few years I hadn’t played particularly well in Indian Wells,” Murray said. “After Australia this year I went over to train in Miami afterwards, which I felt worked well. I flew back to Dubai, then back over for Indian Wells. You know, that beginning part of the year, I was a bit tired for certain tournaments. So I decided after the Australian Open, I’ll go home for a little while and then go over to Miami and train and stay over in America for a while, get used to the conditions, try and reduce the travel at the beginning of the year.”
The Scot hasn’t won a match at Indian Wells since a 2010 fourth round victory over Nicolas Almagro. The last two years he’s lost in his first match.
Murray also joked about the question he gets asked the most by the press now that he was the Slam monkey off his back.
“I’ve been asked what’s is like not to be asked that question anymore,” he said. “I got asked that pretty much every time I did some media. But, yeah, I mean, I’m sure in a few months that will get old. It’s nice not to have to discuss it anymore.
“With having not won a Grand Slam, it was sometimes hard not to just focus on that all the time. It was always in my head to a certain extent. I’m glad it’s done now.”
Murray received a walkover today from Florian Mayer in the second round, tomorrow/tonight he’ll face Alexandr Dologpolov.
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