Refreshed Murray ready for 2018 assault

first_imgAndy Murray of Great Britain takes part in a tennis practice session in Abu Dhabi prior to heading to compete in the Australian Open in January, on December 29, 2017, on the sidelines of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTFormer world number one Andy Murray said Sunday he was desperate to get back into competitive tennis after a five-month absence due to a debilitating hip injury.Murray, who is in Queensland for the season-opening Brisbane International, has not played on the ATP tour since losing a tough five-setter to American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT “Just because I’ve not played for such a long time,” he said.“And also I just want to enjoy playing again. I’ve really missed it the last six months or so.“I don’t mind if it’s 30 in the world level. I would love it to be number one in the world level, but I just want to play.”Murray spent 41 weeks at number one, losing that ranking in August during his injury-enforced absence.He is now ranked 16th in the world and said he had adjusted his schedule to play less in 2018 in a bid to avoid further injury.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Rafael Nadal (knee) and Novak Djokovic (elbow) in doubt for the Australian Open, the 30-year-old Scot said other players should follow his example.“Certainly, when you miss a period, you realise how lucky you are to be doing this as a job,” he said.“Giving yourself breaks, especially as you start to get older, I think, is very important and something that I’ll certainly be looking to do for however long I keep playing.“For tennis as a sport, it’s not good when so many of the top players are injured and for extended periods,” he added.“I certainly think it’s something that should be looked at and to understand why, what the reason for that is.” He said despite some lingering problems with his hip, his body was feeling much better than at the same stage last year.“I don’t feel like there’s many miles in my legs, which, you know, was certainly the case at the beginning of 2017, where most days I was quite sore kind of all over,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Right now the hip is the only thing that is any concern. The rest of my body feels really good.”Murray admitted he wasn’t heading into this tournament or the Australian Open with great expectations. Filipino fighter notified of potential anti-doping infraction in UFC fight View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img

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