Former No. 1 Andy Murray continues his comeback this week at the ATP event Zhuhai. It’s Murray’s third Tour level event since his return and first since the Rafa Nadal Open Challenger in Mallorca.
Ranked No. 413, Murray is unseeded and joined by Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberta Bautista Agut, Gael Monfils and Borna Coric.
Murray opens against the man who beat him in his Winston-Salem opener, Tennys Sandgren.
“Physically I need to improve if I want to compete consistently at this level whereas, before, I was competing and I was uncomfortable, but I was still playing at quite a high level,” Murray said. “I don’t know how far I’m going to be able to get now on my comeback. I don’t know how much improving I still have to do or if I’m going to be able to. But I’m in no pain just now, so I might as well give it a shot and see how far I will go with the recovery.”
Murray has also added Beijing, Shanghai and Antwerp to his fall calendar all with an aim to play in Melbourne next year.
I’m not playing at the same level as I was three years ago, and physically I still need to improve,” Murray said. “So between now and the end of the year, I need to play matches and I’m not guaranteed to win matches every single week and I could draw the top seeds in the first round.
“When I’m at the events I get good practice with top players, so my body is getting used to playing at this pace again and this level again.
“I’d like to try to get 12 to 15 matches between now and the end of the year so my body gets used to competing and playing matches consistently again. I hadn’t done that for two years. It’s been a really long time, so it takes time for your body to build up.”
Murray has gone 0-2 on Tour in his comeback, 2-1 in Challengers.
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