What is it? It is a first round match in the men's singles of the 2019 Australian Open in which Andy Murray, double Wimbledon winner, former US Open champion, double Olympic gold medal winner and five times a runner-up at Melbourne takes on Spain's No22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut. On Friday the unseeded Murray was asked whether after 18 months of injury trouble and gruelling recovery from hip surgery whether this could be his last tournament, he said: Yeah, I think there’s a chance of that for sure. Because I am not sure I am going to be able to play through the pain for the next four or five months." When is it? Monday, January 14 in Melbourne. What time does it start? The order of play will not be finalised until the day before so we cannot be sure. Play commences at 11am local time on Monday - Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of GMT so the first match will begin at midnight UK time which will feel like Sunday night but is actually Monday morning. The evening … [Read more...] about Australian Open 2019: When will Andy Murray play his first (and possibly last ever) match?
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On Wednesday, it will be exactly a year since Andy Murray entered St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne for his hip arthroscopy. “Today was the happiest I have ever seen him,” said his surgeon, Dr John O’Donnell, in an interview with Seven News that same afternoon. “He is very confident, and I am sure that if anyone can do well after this surgery then Andy can.” It was interesting, then, to hear Dr O’Donnell popping up again last week on BBC Radio Five Live, this time with a rather less upbeat message. “It wasn't really at a stage where we could attempt to make his hip normal,” he said. “It was just to try and make it as much better as we could.” We should emphasise that Dr O’Donnell is arguably the world leader in the field. He probably performs more hip arthroscopies than any other surgeon, which is why professional athletes routinely travel to his door. But some injuries are simply unfixable. The hip is a sealed … [Read more...] about Andy Murray needs a solution in next few months because time is running out for his jury-rigged body
0 Have your say Andy Murray will still pose a threat at next month’s Australian Open, world No 1 Novak Djokovic has predicted, writes Lorin McDougall. The Scot played only six tournaments this year following hip surgery last January and his world ranking plummeted to 256, but Djokovic warned: “I always see him as a top player regardless of his ranking. “He was number one in the world and a multiple Grand Slam winner, so he has that number one and champions’ mentality. Speaking at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi after beating South African Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the final, Djokovic said: “I’ve known Andy since we were 11 or 12 years old and I have tonnes of respect for him, for his game and his dedication and devotion to training. He’s a very humble guy and very respectful of the game and his peers, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how he plays.”Murray launches his latest … [Read more...] about Andy Murray a threat at Australian Open insists Novak Djokovic
Former world No 1 back in action at season-opening Brisbane International next week By AFP Last Updated: 28/12/18 8:26am Andy Murray says he has no regrets about not walking away from tennis despite missing 11 months of the year with a hip injury. The three-time Grand Slam champion was speaking ahead of his return to the sport at the season-opening Brisbane International, which gets underway at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Monday.Murray, who won the Brisbane title in 2012 and 2013, enters the tournament with a world ranking of 256. The 31-year-old Scot had intended to play in Brisbane at the beginning of 2018, but was forced to withdraw on the eve of the tournament with a hip injury.He had surgery soon after, which kept him out of the game for much of the year."You want to go out on your own terms," he said when asked about a possible retirement."If I decided to stop six months ago, having not played or gotten back to a level where I can compete again, I would have … [Read more...] about Andy Murray brushes off retirement talk and says he is focused on improving to a competitive level
Kyle Edmund, Britain's No 1, must channel his inner Andy Murray and win ugly more often if he is to build on his breakthrough 2018 next year, according to Tim Henman. Edmund has enjoyed a hugely impressive 12 months that saw him reach his first grand-slam semi-final at the Australian Open, win a maiden ATP title, and finish the year with a career-high ranking of No 14. Now the challenge for Edmund, who turns 24 next month, is to crack the top 10 and become a genuine contender at the majors. Henman, who was Britain's top-ranked player for most of 1996-2006, believes Edmund has all the shots - especially his bazooka of a forehand to satisfy those ambitions. Edmund's next aim, in Henman's view, should be ensuring he competes with the same intensity as Murray - his predecessor as Britain's No 1, who will be attempting to reclaim the top spot next year. "I think Murray is a phenomenal competitor because irrespective of the score, he’s just there … [Read more...] about Kyle Edmund must channel his inner Andy Murray and win ugly more often, says Tim Henman