Andy Murray’s road to singles return is underway but a difficult path. The Brit is currently at the National Tennis Centre and has been hitting with Paul Jubb of late before he jets off again but where is he off to?
Rafael Nadal’s Academy
Andy has recently returned from Mallorca where he took part in the Rafael Nadal Challenger at the Spaniards Academy.
Andy went out in the third round despite being a set up against world number 240 from Italy Matteo Viola and since then has returned home.
Andy has been active on Instagram and put this picture up on the 31st of August without a caption..
Long road ahead?
Andy has been back at the NTC of late as mentioned getting some practice in and was training with 19 year old Paul Jubb who got a Wimbledon wildcard and plays American college tennis.
In just over a weeks time the Murray Trophy (named after Jamie Murray) will begin in Glasgow. Rumour has it expect to see Andy Murray there but there still hasn’t been anything official on what he is doing from now until Zhuhai which begins on the 23rd.
I don’t expect Andy to be there. He has signed up to the inaugural Zhuhai 250 event and potentially if he got to the final in Glasgow would have a quick turnover to get to China.
ATP 250 – Zhuhai
The first event in Zhuhai has some great names!
Andy Murray is using his protected ranking alongside Tomas Berdych for the event. Stefanos Tsitsipas will be the top seed and the other seeds will be; Kyrgios, Agut, Rublev, De Minaur, Monfils, Coric and Pouille.
ATP 500 – Beijing
Andy has Beijing on his schedule. It is his last tournament we know of for now. Bashilashvili is the defending champion and Andy won here back in 2016. Novak Djokovic has won the tournament six times but we don’t know his scheduling either with his shoulder problem.
No news on October. Will he go to Shanghai or Paris Masters? Is the 500 event in Vienna on the cards or a 250 event?
Depending on how the next couple of tournaments go I wouldn’t be surprised if Andy added a tournament and maybe finished at Paris Masters to see what level he is at.
ATP Cup Dilemma…
Next week is when countries will qualify.
As it stands Great Britain won’t qualify as one of the top 18 teams with a player ranked high enough. Dan Evans isn’t ranked high enough and Kyle Edmund who was top 20 has seen his ranking and form plummet this year.
However, Great Britain could still have a team.
If Andy were to use his protected ranking of No.2.
Apparently he is unsure as it will takeaway an opportunity of someone ranked higher than him to play for GB in the ATPCup and he doesn’t know his level.
The issue is it’s a three man team. For example, captain (top seed) Andy, one of Norrie, Evans or Edmund and Jamie Murray. Will Jamie want to skip playing with Neal before Australian Open?
Soo many questions ahead, other options?
The Alternative is Doha.
It is running simultaneously to the ATP Cup. Murray has won it twice as has Djokovic and Federer has won it three times.
It is a 250 event and has less points and prize money on offer as ATP but Doha does have an upper hand.
Maximum appearance fee for a player in the ATP Cup is around $200,000 where as it’s rumoured Doha who always has a strong field are offering a seven figure appearance fee… For the top guys it isn’t about money but a tournament may be better for others than a team event.