Fans should not yet get their hopes up about World No. 4 Andy Murray’s participation at the Australian Open next January. The Scot admits that he will not be in the event unless he believes he is “100 percent” healthy and confident in his ability to compete.
“I hope so, but I’m not going to come back unless I’m 100% fit. I’ve got a long way to go yet,” said Murray.”I’ve been in the swimming pool and on the bike a little bit but it’s still going to be four or five weeks until I’m back on the tennis court hitting some balls.”
His recent back surgery brought about an anti-climatic finish to the season for Murray. The Brit was unable to defend his US Open title, having exited in the quarterfinals to Stanislas Wawrinka and had since been rehabilitating his back after he opted for surgery in September. The decision came after Murray helped lead Great Britain to the World Group stage in the Davis Cup for the first time since 2007 as he would later withdraw from the Bangkok Open to deal with his back issues.
“The rehab process is pretty tedious and long and I don’t want to come back too soon and have to start that process all over again. I’ll only come back when I’m 100% fit and I hope that’s at the beginning of the year.”
The British No. 1 received the prestigious OBE award from the Duke of Cambridge in Buckingham Palace yesterday for his achievements in the sport of tennis, which include becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936. The 26-year-old has will look to recover his abilities over the next few months and to spark his comeback in the first quarter of 2014.