British No. 1 Andy Murray is back on court this week at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, where he is competing against a strong draw that includes the likes of Juan Martin del Potro and Richard Gasquet. The decision came after Murray chose to take a wildcard entry to the event to notch several more matches under his belt, a step which he hopes will further facilitate his recovery from back surgery.
Although he is aware of the growing gap between himself and the top spot on the Emirates ATP Rankings list, Murray is still adamant that his goal is to one day become world No. 1.
“I am still working hard to become World No.1, despite the 10.000 points which separate me from Rafael Nadal.” Murray said at a post-match press conference in Rotterdam. “It’s a goal I think every tennis player wants and hopes to achieve.”
While that may be the case, Murray also stated that his main priority this season is to return to 100% playing form, which makes his rankings goal a secondary one for the time being.
“My main priority for this season is to get back at playing 100%, be in good shape and be able to play without any trouble. The rankings in this exact moment are quite secondary”