The former world No.1 and two times Brisbane International champion, Andy Murray (GBR) has given an exclusive fitness update to his Brisbane fans.
Murray delivered his first fitness progress report since ending his 2018 season early via a video message to the Brisbane International.
“I’m feeling physically a little bit better every day. It’s obviously been a tough year with the hip injury and then the surgery but I am getting closer and I have been practicing already for a few days and I have still got a couple of months to get into the best shape for the start of the tournament,” Murray said.
“I am planning on getting to Brisbane a bit early, probably a week before the start of the tournament. Before then I am going to do my off-season training in Miami. I have spent 4 or 5 weeks in Philadelphia doing my off-court training and then in December I am going to spend 3 or 4 weeks in Miami in the hot conditions and spending a lot more time on the court there to get myself ready for the tournament.”
“I always enjoy going back to Australia. They get great support at all of the events, the crowds are always excellent from the beginning of the tournament so I have enjoyed playing there in the past. I have played some good tennis and had some successful weeks there. It has always been great preparation for the Aussie Open, so looking forward to playing there again and hopefully I can perform well for all of the fans.”
World No.1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) headlines the men’s draw alongside past champions Nick Kyrgios (ACT), Murray (GBR) and Grigor Dimitrov (BUL). Crowd favourite John Millman (Qld) and Japanese sensation Kei Nishikori (JPN) will also start the new season in Brisbane.
Four Grand Slam champions, Samantha Stosur (Qld), world No.4 Naomi Osaka (JPN), world No.7 Petra Kvitova (CZE) and world No.8 Sloane Stephens (USA) feature in one of the strongest women’s fields at the Brisbane International.
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