Andy Murray hitting a ball with a racket

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Not a lot has gone proper for Andy Murray within the final 16 months however the 31-year-old Scot’s dedication to rebuild his profession is obvious in his plans for 2019.

Having spent a number of weeks in america engaged on his persevering with rehabilitation following hip surgical procedure at the beginning of this yr, Murray revealed on Thursday that he’ll do his important pre-season coaching in Miami subsequent month earlier than heading to Brisbane, the place he’ll start the 2019 season.

Murray performed solely 12 matches this yr after beginning his comeback in June, 11 months after his final aggressive look at Wimbledon in July 2017. He minimize his 2018 season quick after taking part in in China in September and has subsequently hung out in Philadelphia, the place he has been reported to be working with Invoice Knowles, a reconditioning coach who has helped with the comebacks of a variety of athletes from totally different sports activities. 

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“I’m feeling bodily slightly bit higher day by day,” Murray stated in a video launched to advertise his participation in January’s Brisbane Worldwide. “It’s clearly been a tricky yr with the hip damage and the surgical procedure, however I’m getting nearer. I’ve been practising already for a couple of days and I’ve nonetheless received a few months to get myself in the most effective form.”

He added: “I’ll be doing my low season coaching in Miami. I’ve spent 4 or 5 weeks over in Philadelphia doing a number of off-court coaching. Then in December I’m going to get to Miami and do three or 4 weeks of coaching within the scorching situations there and spending much more time within the scorching situations there to get myself prepared.”

Murray has historically achieved his pre-season work in Miami, the place the situations are good preparation for the primary month of the brand new yr in Australia. The climate could be significantly gruelling in Brisbane, the place the humidity could be a fair greater problem than the warmth.

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The previous world No 1 tried to start his 2018 season on the Brisbane Worldwide, however after flying to Queensland he made a late withdrawal from the event after which flew to Melbourne, the place he had surgical procedure.

Murray will probably be hoping to make a happier return subsequent month to Brisbane, the place he has carried out nicely prior to now. He started his 2012 and 2013 seasons on the event and gained the title on each events.

a man holding a racket: Murray in action during 2018

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Murray in motion throughout 2018

“I’m planning on attending to Brisbane fairly early this yr,” he stated of his plans for subsequent month. “I’ll in all probability arrive per week earlier than the beginning of the event.”

Though Murray has by no means gained the Australian Open, he almost all the time performs nicely Down Beneath. He has reached the ultimate in Melbourne 5 instances, dropping to Novak Djokovic in 4 of them and to Roger Federer on the opposite event.

“I all the time take pleasure in going again to Australia,” Murray stated. “They clearly get nice help at all the occasions. The crowds are glorious from the start of the event.

“I’ve loved taking part in [at Brisbane] prior to now. I’ve performed some good tennis and had some profitable weeks there. It’s all the time been nice preparation for the Aussie Open, so I’m trying ahead to taking part in there once more and hopefully I can carry out nicely for all of the followers.”

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Murray will not be holding again on his plans for the brand new yr. Earlier this week he introduced his entry into an indoor event in February in Montpellier, the place he has not performed earlier than. “A lot of nice reminiscences taking part in indoors in France, trying ahead to taking part in Open Sud de France in Montpellier for the primary time subsequent yr,” he wrote on Fb.

The event director at Marseille later in February has additionally talked about Murray taking part in there, although his entry has not been formally introduced. The Scot final performed in Marseille in 2008, when he beat Mario Ancic within the remaining.

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