Tennis: Murray predicts return to form in 2022

13 November 2021 23:41:34 GMTPlus11
Andy Murray is hoping for a positive 2022

Andy Murray has confirmed he won't be playing in this month's Davis Cup as he looks to rest up and begin his preparations for the new year.

The 34-year-old, who is a 80/1 chance to win next year's Australian Open, has finally been able to string a run of tournaments together recently having previously been plagued by injury issues.

Murray getting past injury problems

The former world No.1, who has had to deal with two serious hip operations and a myriad of other problems over the last three years, has played the last eight weeks in a row, most recently reaching the Stockholm Open quarter-finals.

Although bested by Tommy Paul in Sweden, Murray has taken a lot of heart from his string of matches, bettering Frances Tiafoe and world top-10 player Hubert Hurkacz at previous events.

There's a few things I definitely need to improve ahead of the new season.

Andy Murray

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The lengthy stretch of competing and travelling has left Murray in need of a break and he says he won't be making himself available to play for Great Britain at the Davis Cup, which starts on 25th November.

Positive vibes for Scottish star

Instead, the three-time grand slam champion intends to work on his game on the practice courts after some time off with Esteban Carril expected to join his coaching team to help get Murray ready for 2022.

"My game will improve, I think, over the off-season. I'm pretty clear on the things I need to work on and just need to make sure that with my team we get a good plan in place to make sure that come the beginning of January those improvements have been made," said Murray, as reported by Sky Sports.

"There's a few things I definitely need to improve ahead of the new season and I think I should be able to do that.

"It's positive that I've had that kind of run of tournaments. I've had a few niggles here and there but nothing that's affected me in the matches. Obviously, next year I don't want to be playing in competitions every single week. Ideally, I want to be winning three, four, five matches at least in a few tournaments so I'm giving myself a little bit of a break and a little bit more time to work on my game and work on my body too."

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