Former World No.1 Andy Murray kicked off his 2021 season with a final run at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Biella last month. Afterwards, the Scot exited earlier from Open Sud De France. However, the three-time Grand Slam winner admitted that he was disappointed when missing significant tournaments.
The current World No.121 received a wildcard for the recently concluded Australian Open, but he could not fly to Melbourne owing to the COVID-19 contradiction. It has affected him mentally than physically.
“I’d say (it was) more mental to be honest than physical. It obviously affects your tennis a little bit because it came on the end of a long training block,” Murray said in a recent interview.
Two-time Wimbledon champion also explained, “I’d trained really hard for 10 weeks and was feeling really good and then I wasn’t allowed to do anything. I wasn’t allowed out of the house… that obviously affects the physical side, but also the mental side as well.”
“Physically I Feel Good”, says Andy Murray
Followed by long training sessions, Murray was curious about playing at Melbourne Park and tested his level, but he could not prove it even after sweating hours.
“I’ve missed quite a lot of big tournaments in recent years with injury and stuff, and when that happened, I was really, really disappointed. (It’s) still, something that I’m probably getting over a bit from the disappointment and the mental side of things, but physically I feel good,” the former US Open Champion added.
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Murray continued, “I’m pumped to be back competing again. Physically I feel good, which is the most important thing. Obviously, the next most important thing for me is to get matches and to get back to winning again on Tour.”
The 33-years-old from Glasgow won the Rotterdam title in 2009. After a dozen years gap, Murray is now competing in the ATP Tour 500 event in the Netherlands.
When asked about his participation at Rotterdam Ahoy’s indoor hardcourt tournament, Andy Murray replied, “It was 12 years ago when I won here and 13 years ago since I played Robin, so that to me doesn’t have any bearing nowadays on the match-up or how you will perform in the tournament or anything. A lot has changed since then.”
At the Rotterdam Open 2021, Andy Murray will lock horns with host veteran Robin Hasse in the opening encounter on Tuesday.