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It hasn’t been the best finish to the season for former world No. 1 Andy Murray, who has described himself as “downbeat” with his physical level. But Murray is hoping for improvements over the next six weeks as he prepares for the Australian Open. Murray says he has areas to improve on and has also spoken about the “amazing and pretty emotional” Laver Cup.

Andy Murray has revealed he has a “busy schedule” planned for the next two months as he looks to get in the best shape possible for the 2023 Australian Open.
Former world No. 1 Murray has been critical of his performances over the final part of the season, saying he has been “extremely disappointed” with his physical level.
He is not currently scheduled to play any exhibition events over the off season and will instead focus on training with his team.

Murray is a four-time finalist at the Australian Open but has only played the Grand Slam twice in the last five years due to injury.
“I’ve got a pretty busy schedule planned,” Murray told Hello.
“I’ll be kicking off the year in Australia which I always really enjoy.
“I’ll be playing a tournament out there, and then the Australian Open. After that I’ll be doing some more hard-court tournaments, then hopefully the clay, and then back to the UK for the grass-court season.
“For now, I’m still focused on playing tennis and winning matches. I’ve been pleased with my progress this year, but there are definitely some areas to improve on.
“I’ll be doing a training block in December so we’ll be hoping to identify some of those areas and work on them, so hopefully I can get some more wins under my belt next year.”

There have been positives for Murray this season, most notably making finals in Sydney and Stuttgart, and rising back into the top 50 in the rankings.
However, his form towards the back end of the year dipped as he lost early at the Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters.
His last few months includes playing in Roger Federer’s farewell at the Laver Cup along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“It was amazing and pretty emotional,” said Murray.
“I really enjoyed the whole Laver Cup – it was my first time playing that event, and being there for Roger’s last game was extra special.

“There was quite a lot of general messing around and winding each other up to be honest.
“I went out for dinner one night with Roger and [team captain] Bjorn Borg which was a really fun evening – although Bjorn spent most of that night ribbing me. We had lots of good practice sessions together and I really enjoyed the team dynamic.”
Murray also confirmed he plans to play Wimbledon next year.
Asked about his off season at home, Murray, who has four young children, said: “For me, this time of year is the end of the tennis season, so it’s a bit of a time to reflect, and also it means I get to be at home with my family.
“That’s probably the best thing for me. I miss them all so much when I’m away.”

Emma Raducanu appears to be making progress with new hire Jez Green after cutting her year short because of a wrist injury.

Emma Raducanu has been told how hiring Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer can help her career after a season marred by injury. The world No 75 retired from a match on four separate occasions this year while struggling with physical issues on other occasions, but Tim Henman believes her latest hire could be the answer to her problems.

Raducanu had a mixed first season on the professional tennis tour as she ended the year with a 17-19 win-loss record and struggled with multiple setbacks as she was forced to retire from four different matches through injury while struggling with issues like blistering during the Australian Open and Billie Jean King Cup. Her year also ended early when a wrist injury saw her pull out of the Transylvania Open and BJK Cup, though she finally hit a ball with her right hand this week for the first time since withdrawing from the events.

The 20-year-old recently hired Jez Green – the former fitness trainer of Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev – in a bid to improve her strength and stamina following multiple setbacks this year, and Tim Henman has now told the British No 1 just how valuable her new coach could be. “For Emma, working with Jez Green, doing the track work, the gym work, using his experience and knowledge allied with her work ethic, she’ll definitely be fitter, stronger, faster,” the retired pro told The Times.

“Having seen her train over the last four to six weeks, she’s really putting in those hard yards to build that resilience.” The 2021 US Open champion linked up with Murray’s ex-trainer almost two months ago, after Dmitry Tursunov walked away from their coaching partnership following a couple of months together.

While Raducanu is yet to find a replacement coach for her tennis, she has been getting stuck into her work with Green and it was already said to be paying off after just four weeks as Britain’s BJK Cup captain Anne Keothavong claimed she had already noticed a difference in the Bromley native’s physique.

“That’s a priority at the moment and she’s looking pretty fit and strong,” Keothavong said when Raducanu was forced to pull out of the BJK Cup finals, explaining that she had been focusing on her fitness when her tennis took a backseat due to her wrist injury. “I think the work that she’s put in over the last few weeks, when you see her you’ll see [it].”

And Henman has agreed after seeing Raducanu putting in the hard yards at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. The British No 1 wasn’t the only player frequenting the training facility, as the former world No 4 said other young players had been making moves in the hopes of having a big 2023 season. 

Jack Draper has also been tipped to have a big 2023 (Image: Getty)

He added: “I’ve been at the NTC and there’s a lot of people in there – Jack Draper was hitting with Liam Broady, there was Paul Jubb, Ryan Peniston, Harriet Dart and Heather Watson; there’s a good vibe and healthy competition for all the British players.”

The retired pro-turned-pundit also believes that Draper could have a standout year after rising from No 265 in the world to No 42 this season, and noted that the 20-year-old was another young player who had been able to improve his strength and watch it translate to better results on the tennis court. “He grew a lot and he’s almost 6ft 3in, but it took time for his body to catch up,” Henman explained.

“It’s incredible now to see how much stronger he is. He’s hitting the ball harder, he’s moving quicker, he’s more robust. He’s a lefty, he’s got big shots and he’s got the belief now as well. I don’t see any reason why he can’t be knocking on the door of the top 20 pretty soon.”

Andy Murray is one of Britain’s greatest-ever tennis players and now it seems his daughter could be set to follow in his footsteps. 

Andy Murray has won three Grand Slam singles titles across his career, alongside two Olympic gold medals. 
He is also a former world number one and has claimed 46 titles across his illustrious career. 
Murray and his wife, Kim, met at the US Open in 2005 and have since had four children – Sophia, Edie, Teddie and a girl born in March 2021. 
The Scot has now revealed that his eldest daughter Sophia is beginning to show an interest in tennis and has started to play properly. 

What did Murray say about his daughter? 
“My eldest daughter is enjoying playing now and the others are getting into it, although the youngest two are still a bit small to hit a ball yet,” the 35-year-old told Hello Magazine. 

Murray also thanked Kim for allowing him to continue playing tennis, and credited her for always supporting him throughout his career. 
“My wife is the kindest for continuing to allow me to follow my dream and play tennis,” he said. 

How has Andy Murray fared in 2022? 

Having come close to retirement in 2019, Murray underwent a second hip surgery soon after, which proved to be successful. 

Andy Murray in Dubai

Andy Murray is one of Britain’s greatest-ever tennis players and now it seems his daughter could be set to follow in his footsteps. 

Murray has won three Grand Slam singles titles across his career, alongside two Olympic gold medals. 

He is also a former world number one and has claimed 46 titles across his illustrious career. 

Murray and his wife, Kim, met at the US Open in 2005 and have since had four children – Sophia, Edie, Teddie and a girl born in March 2021. 

The Scot has now revealed that his eldest daughter Sophia is beginning to show an interest in tennis and has started to play properly. 
What did Murray say about his daughter? 

“My eldest daughter is enjoying playing now and the others are getting into it, although the youngest two are still a bit small to hit a ball yet,” the 35-year-old told Hello Magazine. 

Murray also thanked Kim for allowing him to continue playing tennis, and credited her for always supporting him throughout his career. 

“My wife is the kindest for continuing to allow me to follow my dream and play tennis,” he said. 
Andy Murray at Paris masters
How has Murray fared in 2022? 

Having come close to retirement in 2019, Murray underwent a second hip surgery soon after, which proved to be successful. 

Indeed, the Scot made a remarkable comeback that year and has been steadily climbing the rankings again ever since. 
Murray’s encouraging 2022 season has seen him reach finals in Sydney and Stuttgart and re-enter the top 50 in the world. 


While the Brit failed to reach beyond the third round of any of the majors this year, he is aiming to play next year’s Wimbledon and has no plans to retire just yet. 

“Yes, that’s the plan,” Murray said regarding playing Wimbledon. “For now, I’m still focussed on playing tennis and winning matches,” he said. “I’ve been pleased with my progress this year, but there are definitely some areas to improve on.

“I’ll be doing a training block in December so we’ll be hoping to identify some of those areas and work on them, so hopefully I can get some more wins under my belt next year.”

Andy Murray reveals daughter

Will Andy Murray coach Emma Raducanu?

Murray has stressed that he will not give unsolicited guidance to fellow Brit Emma Raducanu, yet his former fitness coach Jez Green is now working with the 20-year-old. 

Last year, Raducanu became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to triumph at a Grand Slam in 44 years.

She has previously mentioned that she would love Murray to be her coach one day, but with Murray still competing alongside the very best in the men’s game, it could be a while until this comes to fruition.

Andy Murray will challenge at Wimbledon next year – and has already passed the tennis bug onto his young daughter.

Murray ‘s encouraging 2022 season is now over after a dip in form resulted in early exits at the Swiss Indoors and the Paris Masters. The three-time Grand Slam champion’s latest campaign may have ended in frustrating fashion, but there were reasons to be satisfied after he reached finals in Sydney and Stuttgart, as well as climbing back into the top 50 of the ATP world rankings.

The 35-year-old is now having a reflective period in the off-season as he spends time back home with his family. But he has vowed to work even harder ahead of an action-packed 2023 schedule as he aims to put himself in a position to compete with the best once again.

Andy Murray and wife Kim met at the US Open in 2005 and the Brit has credited his childhood sweetheart for being a constant support during his storied career. “My wife is the kindest, for continuing to allow me to follow my dream and play tennis,” Murray told Hello Magazine.

Kim, daughter of tennis coach Nigel Slater, also shares a love of tennis and its unsurprising that the couple have already been introducing their children to the sport.

The couple share four children in total – Sophia, six, Edie, four, Teddie, three and a girl who was born in March 2021. And Murray has revealed his eldest daughter is enjoying having racquet in hand. “A little bit – my eldest daughter is enjoying playing now and the others are getting into it, although the youngest two are still a bit small to hit a ball yet,” he added, when asked his children are playing.

Andy Murray is building a rigorous schedule for 2023 as he plans to make waves across all three surfaces. The Brit has confirmed he will enter Wimbledon when the grass court season arrives following his return on clay. And he has full focus set on being in his best shape possible for 2023 after becoming ‘downbeat’ over the fitness troubles that have affected his performance levels.

“Yes, that’s the plan,” Murray said when asked about playing Wimbledon. “For now, I’m still focussed on playing tennis and winning matches,” he said. “I’ve been pleased with my progress this year, but there are definitely some areas to improve on.

“I’ll be doing a training block in December so we’ll be hoping to identify some of those areas and work on them, so hopefully I can get some more wins under my belt next year.”

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray says the biggest problem players face nowadays conditions-wise is that the courts and balls “are both super slow.” Brad Gilbert, who famously coached Brad Gilbert during the American’s golden years, was discussing on Twitter the court speed in today’s game.

“All those courts were very quick back in the day remember supreme courts and carpet courts, the big problem in early 90’s with the bomb servers especially if playing against each other no points were going past 4 shots, that killed off the really fast courts for good,” Gilbert tweeted.

Andy Murray on the conditions in today’s game

“The biggest problem with today’s conditions most weeks is the courts and balls are both super slow.

Almost zero variety. Why not have some quick courts with slow balls or vice versa? Shanghai was always a bit like this. This allows for all court tennis to be played,” Murray wrote on Twitter.

Taylor Fritz, who recently broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career, suggested the main problem is in “the slow/soft balls.”

“For me the balls make the biggest difference in speed, some of the slow/soft balls make the conditions so slow regardless of court speed. Lots of times with those balls it just doesn’t feel like tennis, there’s never a reward for taking a chance on an aggressive shot,” Fritz said.

Conversations like this have become pretty common in recent years as many tennis players have openly suggested that the conditions have become much slower and that there is no big difference anymore between the surfaces.

Powerful players, who rely on their serve and powerful groundstrokes, are the ones who aren’t benefiting at all from the changes made to the courts and balls. But because of the changes made, some feel that there is a better balance now.

Andy Murray joked with Benoit Paire after claiming he would give up alcohol.
Andy Murray joked with Benoit Paire after the Frenchman declared he was giving up partying in a bid to revive his career. The three-time Grand Slam champion replied to one of Ricky Gervais’ tweets before Paire got involved, prompting Murray to call him out.

Andy Murray replied to one of Gervais’ tweets asking people to give up three things from a list, with the world No 48 saying he would live without alcohol, shoes and smartphones. The list included Free speech, television, smart phones, Grandparents, alcohol, pets, shoes, medicine, cars and hearing. His choices caught the attention of Paire, who seemed distraught that the Brit would opt to give up alcohol.

Questioning the 35-year-old, he replied: “Alcohol???” with a number of surprised and upset emojis, prompting Murray to make a jibe over the former world No 18’s recent comments that he would be giving up alcohol and taking his tennis career more seriously. “I thought I read you were giving up alcohol Benoit!” he replied, with a crying-laughing emoji.

But the Frenchman was still adamant that alcohol was “important” as he responded: “Andy Alcohol is the most important in the list!!! Even more for a Scottish,” before following up with another tweet acknowledging Murray’s knighthood as he added: “SORRY SIR ANDY.”

Their exchange comes after Paire vowed to give up his party lifestyle in a bid to return to the top of tennis after falling down to No 173 in the world. “I’ve thrown it overboard two years of my sports career and I assume that to recover them, I need to change many things and add many wins like this one,” he said during the recent Brest Challenger.

“I have refocused on the important things. I decided to be more professional, not to go out to night parties and stop drinking alcohol.” The 33-year-old had an impressive 2019 season, winning two of his three career titles and making the second week of the French Open and Wimbledon, but he has since admitted that playing tennis became something of a chore.

As a result, the French Tennis Federation banned him from playing for the national team at the Olympics in Tokyo last year after his outburst at the 2021 Australian Open following his disappointing first-round loss. He blamed his defeat on what he branded “shameful” treatment of players who had to follow quarantine restrictions when they arrived in the country.

The three-time title winner then said the tournament had been “s***” and “grotesque”. But the former world No 18 has since admitted to wrongdoings, saying: “For two years I haven’t had such a good attitude on a tennis court. I know I still have a lot to improve in terms of confidence and level of play, but now I think I can get back to my best level.”

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray will not be back at the European Open, where he won the title in 2019. Murray, 35, will take a week away from competitive action and look to get himself in the best shape for his final two events in Basel and Paris. Murray is hoping to gain ranking points at both events so he can break into the top 32 in the rankings ahead of the 2023 Australian Open.

Andy Murray has pulled out of this week’s European Open in Antwerp and will instead focus his efforts on a strong finish to the season in Basel and Paris.

Murray, 35, won his most recent title in Antwerp in 2019.
However, after losing in the quarter-finals of the Gijon Open to Sebastian Korda last week, he has opted out of a return to Belgium.

According to the i newspaper, Murray has made the decision with one eye on earning a seeding spot at the 2023 Australian Open.

Andy Murray, who was drawn to face Jaume Munar in Antwerp, is currently ranked 46th in the world, 305 points behind world No. 32 Grigor Dimitrov. The top 32 in the rankings are seeded at Grand Slams.
Murray spent nearly seven hours on court in Gijon, which is an ATP 250 event like the European Open.
The Swiss Indoors in Basel, which starts on October 24, is an ATP 500 tournament, which means it carries more ranking points than an ATP 250. There will be even more points on offer in Paris, which is the final Masters 1000 tournament of the season.
Former world No. 1 Murray has not been ranked in the top 32 in the world since early 2018.

Murray – ‘I do not deserve’ Federer-style farewell as he dismisses own retirement thoughts
He plummeted down the rankings after undergoing hip surgery and has been working his way back up this season.
However, his efforts to stack up wins have sometimes been impacted by difficult draws due to being unseeded.
Murray has only managed to win three matches in a row on three occasions this season – Sydney at the start of the year, an ATP Challenger in Surbiton and Stuttgart, where he reached the final.
The 2023 Australian Open starts on January 16 which will be streamed live on discovery+ and eurosport.co.uk

Andy Murray is out of the Gijon Open after losing his quarter-final against American Sebastian Korda in three sets.

British former world number one Murray, currently ranked 48th, won five successive games as he clinched the second set to force a decider.

But he fell to a 6-4 1-6 6-1 defeat against world number 47 Korda, who will meet France’s Arthur Rinderknech next.

Murray, 35, was given a wildcard for the tournament – his first since September’s Laver Cup.

The British number three came from a set down to defeat Argentine Pedro Cachin in the second round, having beaten Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his opener.

In the last eight,Murray was unable to fully recover after falling two breaks of serve down in the opening set, reducing the deficit to 5-4 before Korda closed out the opener after 56 minutes.

Murray responded by recording two breaks of serve and saving four break points as he established a 5-0 lead on his way to levelling the match, clinching his first set point two games later.

But Korda rallied impressively in the final set. In a reverse of the previous set, the 22-year-old went on a five-game run before serving out the contest to love.

Andrey Rublev is the top seed in Gijon, one of the six one-year licensed tournaments taking place this season after the China leg of the ATP Tour was cancelled because of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

The Russian will face Austrian Dominic Thiem in the other semi-final as he looks to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals for the third successive year.

Andy Murray has reached the quarter-finals of the Gijon Open by coming from a set down to defeat Argentine Pedro Cachin.

Murray, given a wildcard for the tournament in Spain, won 2-6 7-5 7-6 (7-3).

The British number three will face American Sebastian Korda in the last eight.

“I think I served well in the second and third sets but also I just fought very hard,” Murray said afterwards.

“In the first set I wasn’t playing my best and Pedro was serving very well for the first set and a half and I was really struggling to break serve.

“I changed a little bit the way I was returning and gave myself more opportunities to break and fought very hard to come back from a break down twice in the third set.”

Former world number one Murray is competing in his first tournament since September’s Laver Cup.

He made hard work of this win, failing to take five break points in the first set while Cachin, ranked 61st in the world, converted two of his three.

Murray improved in the second set before dropping serve twice in the third, but on both occasions he broke back immediately and went on to triumph in the decisive tie-break.

Gijon is one of the six one-year licensed tournaments taking place this season after the cancellation of the China leg of the ATP Tour because of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Russian Andrey Rublev is the top seed as he looks to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals for the third successive year.

Andy Murray rallies from a double break down in the first set of his first-round clash against the Spanish sixth seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, winning 10 of the next 13 games to make it through to the second round of the Gijon Open in Spain.

Andy Murray returned to action with victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the inaugural Gijon Open in Spain on Tuesday.

The three-time Grand Slam champion missed last week’s Astana Open through illness and made a slow start against his Spanish opponent but found his form to record an excellent 7-5 6-2 win at the ATP 250 event.

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Andy Murray, who last played at the Laver Cup in London last month, dropped serve in the opening game and had to save break points in two of his next three service games to stay in touch.

He got his reward for that effort in the eighth game when he got back on serve, and another break in the 12th game earned him the opening set.

Murray maintained his momentum by moving ahead early in the second against Davidovich Fokina, ranked 17 places above the former world No 1 at 31, and finished strongly to set up a second-round clash with either Pedro Cachin of Argentina or Russian qualifier Alexey Vatutin.

“In the first set he was playing much better than me,” said Murray. “He had a lot of chances to get the second break of serve and I managed to stay tough in those moments. At the 4-3 game he played a bad game to give me the break back and after that I started to play a little bit better.

“I think he was a bit frustrated, and then in the second set his level dropped a little bit, but the end of the first set was very important because he was playing very well and it was a difficult first set.”

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The 35-year-old, who has reached finals in Sydney and Stuttgart this year, is chasing his first tour-level title since he triumphed in Antwerp in 2019.

“Obviously I still enjoy it,” said Murray. “It’s not easy, the young guys are moving up extremely well, and they’re all hitting the ball harder and harder. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up, but I still enjoy it.

“We had a fantastic crowd today, a really nice atmosphere for the first round of a tournament… I really enjoy playing in new places, I’ve never been here before and it’s a beautiful place, so I’m happy to be here.”

Murray has also vowed to continue his battle to hold off the next generation of tennis talent, saying: “It’s not easy because the young guys are moving unbelievably well and they’re hitting the ball harder and harder all the time.

“So it’s difficult to keep up, but I still enjoy it.”