Andy Murray Is Still Not Sure If He’ll Play The ATP Finals, The Davis Cup Is His Priority
by Tom Gainey | October 15th, 2015, 10:07 am
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Andy Murray reiterated again yesterday that the Davis Cup finals against Belgium are his No. 1 priority this fall. The Scot who beat John Isner today in three sets 67, 64, 64 in Shanghai, is still uncertain on his decision to play the prestigious ATP Finals in London next month.

Murray’s concern is going from a indoor hardcourt in London to a clay surface in Ghent with maybe less than a week of prep time.

“My back has given me trouble on switching surfaces,” Murray said. “I’ve been very open about that in the past. I was open about it after the Davis Cup. You know, I have to do what’s best for me. If everything goes well and my back feels good training on the clay beforehand, then I’ll be there at the O2. It’s a tournament I enjoy playing and it’s a nice reward for the hard work you put in throughout the year.

“But, you know, the Davis Cup is my main priority between that and the end of the year. I want to make sure I’m fit and healthy for that.”

Less importantly, Murray is battling Roger Federer for the year-end No. 2 ranking. Murray leads the Swiss at the moment in the Race.

“All of the players on the tour would like to get to No. 1 in the world,” Murray said. “Obviously this year I have a good chance to finish at No. 2, which would be the first time for me. This year, although I’m a long way behind Novak in the rankings, a few matches can change that significantly. Grand Slam semifinals and finals, they’re the matches that are for big, big points. That’s something, if I want to get to No. 1 in the world, I need to win a couple more of them. So hopefully next year I’ll be able to do that.”

Murray also added that coach Amelie Mauresmo will return to the team for 2016 after baby duties the second half of the season.

Murray plays Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals tomorrow.


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13 Comments for Andy Murray Is Still Not Sure If He’ll Play The ATP Finals, The Davis Cup Is His Priority

RZ Says:

Yay, Amelie will be back on Team Murray!


Margot Says:

@RZ
I think they may be jumping the gun with that story about Amelie. Don’t think it’s confirmed yet. But she may be with him in London in December when he’ll have his main training block.


chris ford1 Says:

I thought Andy did his main training in Miami.

It is a shame Murray is in this position. He earned his place in the Championships, but the scheduling woes between the ATP, ITF, and national Davis Cup teams put him in a bad situation. This isn’t the fault of Murray, whatever he decides to do.


RZ Says:

@Margot – it did sound as if it still needed to be confirmed, but it also sounded like she’d be back for the Australian Open. I hope so.


Gypsy Gal Says:

I would love to see him play both,but im not sure how realistic that is,persnally my preferance would be to pour all his mental focus on the DC,i cant wait for the DC final….


RZ Says:

@Gypsy Gal – same here. Would love to see him win both but as that is unlikely, I would prefer him to win DC. He’ll have other chances for the WTF but I don’t see team GB having another opportunity to win DC.


peter Says:

Too many excuses. Why can’t he do a Roger? Fed played all the way to ATP final and still won the Davis cup on clay last yr. To get to no.1 you need as many points as possible.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Who is making excuses?all he was that hes not sure if he will play the WTFs….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sorry meant all he said….


Lodhi Says:

Yup, do everything like Fed. Next thing we know, Fed fans will wonder why other players can’t have twins like Fed.


elina Says:

Do a Roger and pull out of the WTF final because of his back.

How soon we forget.

Perhaps he was practising on clay prior to London.


Rick Says:

He needs to hire Lendl back as his coach!!!!


J-Kath Says:

Peter

Fed. did not win the DC by himself – Stan is a top 5 player and between them they won for Switzerland.

There is no other singles player in the GB team that can reliably be counted on to back up Andy – and this is the reason he needs to play 3 rubbers (including the doubles with his brother) – potentially 3 by 5-set matches!!!

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