Murray reveals switch of focus

28 December 2017 01:54:42 GMTPlus10

Andy Murray is adamant that he is still hopeful of adding more Grand Slam titles to his tally but his main aim for now is to stay fit and just enjoy playing tennis.

The 30-year-old saw his 2017 ruined by a hip problem which forced him to miss the second half of the campaign after he went out of Wimbledon in the summer.

Murray has been working hard to get back fit and ready to compete in the opening Grand Slam tournament of 2018 at next month's Australian Open.

I want to get back to playing tennis, I want to be fit and healthy and that is what is driving me just now.

Andy Murray

The Scot's absence resulted in a fall down the ATP world rankings from top spot at the end of 2016 to 16th position going into 2018.

And Murray admits that he has had to take a different stance in terms of his future goals to just maintaining his fitness levels as opposed being fully focused on trying to add to his two Wimbledon titles and US Open crown.

"When I was fit and healthy last year [2016] you think about winning all the major events, getting to No 1 and winning every competition that you are in and that is what really drives you," said Murray.

"When you miss four or five months and there has been a bit of uncertainty about my hip or stuff, [that changes].

"I missed the US Open and almost missed Wimbledon as well.

"The goals change and I remember now how much I just loved playing tennis - it isn't about winning every match that I play in the future or winning more slams."

But Murray added to Sky Sports: "I want to get back to playing tennis, I want to be fit and healthy and that is what is driving me just now.

"I am hoping next year I can get back to that and if I do [get back to being fit and healthy] then I have an opportunity to compete for the biggest tournaments in the world and I still believe that."

Murray is available at 1213.00 to win his first Australian open title at Melbourne Park next month, while he is priced at 26.00 to win the French Open in 2018.

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