Andy Murray Returns This Week In Shenzhen, Will Skip European Indoor Season
by Staff | September 24th, 2018, 10:24 am
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Andy Murray continues his comeback this week in Shenzhen. The former No. 1 has stated he will play this week and then next week in Beijing before ending his season, bypassing the European fall indoor season.

“I’m looking forward to playing in Shenzhen and Beijing,” Murray said on Facebook. “After that, I’ve decided to end my season to give me the preparation time I need to get ready for a strong 2019.”

“We are going to focus on some intense reconditioning, training blocks in the next couple of months with a view to being in the best possible shape for Australia in January. The last few months have been positive and, with the extra work over the coming months, I’ll be closer to playing at my highest level again.”

Murray, who is just 5-4 in his comeback, lost in the second round at the US Open.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been back, but yeah it’s kind of a similar-ish situation,” Murray said. “I’ve been playing a lot more in the build-up to Shenzhen, but it’s similar in some ways in that I’m not quite back to where I’d like to be yet, but kind of improving each week. Hopefully, I can play some good tennis and get on a bit of a run.”

But he’s slowly getting back to health.

“Probably 85 percent, 90 percent. That’s from a physical perspective,” Murray said. “I think I need matches and tournaments and also more time training where I’m feeling good so I can get a lot of practice on the court. This year for me has been a lot of starting, practicing, playing a couple of tournaments and then stopping, resting, rehabbing. Like after New York, I didn’t hit a ball for two weeks and I was doing a lot of training and conditioning.”

Murray won Shenzhen in 2014. He’s joined by defending champion David Goffin and youngsters Borna Coric, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alex De Minaur and Denis Shapovalov.

Murray opens against local wildcard Zhizhen Zhang tonight, with Goffin awaiting the winner in round two.


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20 Comments for Andy Murray Returns This Week In Shenzhen, Will Skip European Indoor Season

RZ Says:

Looking forward to Andy coming back healthier and stronger next year.


RZ Says:

The ATP website had a nice retrospective on Andy’s success in Asia in past years.


J-Kath Says:

Yep to RZ – read it…a bit nostalgic?


Humble Rafa Says:

Nostalgia is good. Otherwise, you will have nothing. Future will be nothing like the past, they say.


Colin Says:

Damn, more late nights for me. Well, I hope it is nights in the plural, because Goffin is a very useful player. The match tonight is scheduled for 11.30 PM UK time. Ouch!


RZ Says:

J-Kath – nostalgia goes with a retrospective, I suppose. But maybe the ATP writers were on to something – Andy won his match against Goffin!


Margot Says:

ANDEEEEE! C’mon!


J-Kath Says:

Great – RZ – got the tail end of Andy’s match – and had a few nail-bites when Goffin mounted a second assault – chuffed Andy won it.
And to Margot – can hear you from here. Good to see U back.


Colin Says:

Damn, damn and double damn. I screwed up again. I thought the match started at 11.30 this evening, but in fact it was 11.30 AM. and I could have watched it. I must make a supreme mental effort and watch the match with Verdasco, though knowing my luck my computer will probably pack up.


J-Kath Says:

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/1024287/Andy-Murray-China-Open-injury-season-ending-Shenzhen-Open-Fernando-Verdasco

Andy hurt his ankle so won’t be playing next week as previously planned. OK Andy, let’s hope you are 100% fit for 2019.


RZ Says:

Ugh. It seems to be common for players returning from injury to end up getting another injury when they start playing again. Though I guess it makes sense due to lack of match conditioning. At least in Andy’s case he’s only really missing one tournament, but hopefully this won’t affect his off-season training plans.


Margot Says:

Oh poor Andy! :(


J-Kath Says:

Hang in Ladies – 2019 is racing towards us – hope it is a great year for Andy and fans….personally and professionally.


Colin Says:

Verdasco was -shall we say motivated- after their tiff over the question of “coaching”. That’s history, though it’s worth mentioning that Marcos Baghdatis has endorsed Andy’s version of events.

On to 2019, which could be make or break for Murray. If he can’t get back to full fitness, I reckon he’ll call it a day.


Margot Says:

Agree Colin, make or break time- 2019.
I wonder what his ambitions are. Top 10? Top 5? AO?


skeezer Says:

Rough year for Andy. Ugh.


J-Kath Says:

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Andy_Murray/61030/andy-murray-joins-rafael-nadal-to-play-atp-250-event-in/

Margot: They must have read your post….this almost says what Andy’s ambitions are – although he doesn’t specifially answer your question.


Margot Says:

LOl Kath, so he wants to do better in 250s? Best keep our expectations low then.:(
Seems, from what he said, he’s really finding it hard to get back to match fitness.


J-Kath Says:

Margot: He needs to come back absolutely fully fit, otherwise he is a target for every Tom, Dick and Harry who will get pumped up and play a once-in-a-lifetime match against him…..(perhaps why he’s starting with a 250 – i.e feels the need to get multiple wins to get his confidence back)…!!!!????


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