A career-threatening hip resurfacing surgery in February 2019 was a huge setback for Andy Murray. However, the Brit revived his tennis career, aced against the odds and lifted up the title in Antwerp after battling past against Stan Wawrinka in the finals.
Earlier this season, Murray announced his withdrawal from the Australian summer tournaments due to his bruised pelvis. And now the former World Number one is advised to miss the French Open 2020.
His former coach Alex Corretja directed him to miss Roland Garros this year in order to avoid the exertion of his body. He advised Andy Murray must play some tournaments during the European clay-court tour. By doing so, he would get enough match practice before the grass-court season begins.
“Andy Murray should sacrifice the French Open” – Corretja
After the clay tournaments, playing Roland Garros might be overtaxing for Murray’s body and that would affect his form at Wimbledon 2020. “He should use the clay-court season to get enough matches to be ready for grass,” his former coach Corretja said. “Because if he skips the clay-court season, there is going to be such a long gap before the grass.”
“And the grass is only three weeks so it is difficult to get the feeling of like so many matches. If for some reason he feels he can be a little bit risky, maybe he should sacrifice the French Open, because it’s very demanding. He should consider that,” he added.
“If he feels like he’s got enough matches before Roland Garros, maybe he should say: ‘OK, I go back home, I stay in London, I practice. And just get ready for Queen’s. That would be probably another choice,” he continued.
Andy Murray must prioritize grass-court season and the Olympics
The green turf is one of the finest surfaces of Andy Murray. He has won Queen’s Club Championships five-times, Wimbledon twice, and his first Olympic Gold on the grass. His achievements clearly sum up his proficiency on the surface. As a consequence, this year Murray must emphasize to do well on the English lawns.
Also, with the Tokyo Olympics coming up towards the end of July 2020, the two-time Olympic Gold medalist Murray must prioritize the Japanese event and focus on staying fit.
“I think he should aim for the grass-court season especially and, why not, again the Olympics, I would focus on that. I would say, Indian Wells, Miami and clay-court season, with that he gets between 15-20 matches for the grass-court season, that will be great,” Corretja continued.
“He needs to go thinking that those matches are the best preparation. I could have to be ready for Wimbledon, and that’s the only thing he needs to know. The more matches he gets the better, but he doesn’t need to get overcooked because he doesn’t need that. He’s got the experience and his body is suffering,” he added.
The British tennis player Andy Murray has also pulled out from this week’s Rotterdam Open and Montpellier Open 2020.
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