Andy Murray Injury: Updates on Tennis Star's Back, Potential Return Date
Updates from Tuesday, Dec. 17
Andy Murray remains on course to make his competitive return to action at next week's Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.
Murray will feature in the three-day event alongside Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and commented via Sky Sports:
I've been training and having rehab every day and will continue to do so right up until just before Christmas when I fly to Abu Dhabi.
Getting back to playing competitively is the next step in my preparations for the new season, which starts for me at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Coming back from injury is never easy and the line-up this year is so strong but it's exactly the test I need to see where my game is at. I'm looking forward to being part of what is always a great tournament.
Updates from Friday, Nov. 22
Andy Murray's comeback plans have been dealt a setback with news that his planned appearance at a Nov. 28 exhibition event in Barbados has been cancelled.
Murray, who is recovering after back surgery, will now have to wait nearly an entire extra month before being exposed to competitive action, per ESPN.co.uk:
The Scot had been due to appear at the Dream Cup exhibition on November 28 with Juan Martin Del Potro, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro. However, Murray will now continue training in Miami following the cancellation of the event ...
Murray, who returned to the practice courts earlier in November, is set to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at a World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi on December 26. He is then expected to return to competitive action at the Qatar Open in Doha on December 30.
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 20
Andy Murray was seen testing out his troublesome back as he stepped up his recovery from a recent back operation on Wednesday.
The British No. 1 is doing everything he can to be 100 percent fit for January's Australian Open, which comes directly before a big Davis Cup tie against USA.
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 12
Murray has been inactive since undergoing an operation in September, but remains on course to be fit for the Australian Open in January 2014.
Andy Murray was arriving in Miami on Monday night to begin his annual off season boot camp aimed at restoring his challenge to the world’s current undisputed top two players.
While Britain’s No1 prepares to start work in America, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were back in London battling for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title.
Murray’s aim, following his back operation in September, is to put himself back in a position where he can challenge the pair who have reasserted themselves as the clear No 1 and No 2 in his absence.
Latest update from Andy Murray via Mike Dickson of the Daily Mail:
The rehab is going well. I’ve got a bike and weights at my house, but I’m doing a lot of the stuff at Chelsea (Football Club).
I’m doing a lot in the swimming pool there, basically the anti-gravity running. They’ve got an underwater treadmill, which has been a massive help for me because there aren’t many of them around. It has speeded up the recovery, although I’m not doing any rotational stuff.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 18
From Andy Murray, who was asked if he would play at the Australian Open by BBC Sport:
I hope so, but I'm not going to come back unless I'm 100% fit. I've got a long way to go yet.
I've been in the swimming pool and on the bike a little bit but it's still going to be four or five weeks until I'm back on the tennis court hitting some balls.
The rehab process is pretty tedious and long and I don't want to come back too soon and have to start that process all over again. I'll only come back when I'm 100% fit and I hope that's at the beginning of the year.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From Sky Sports News:
Andy Murray withdraws from ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London next month #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 9, 2013
From Andy Murray, via his personal website:
I’m really disappointed not to be playing this year, I love playing in front of my home crowd, it’s a great atmosphere. All the players look forward to competing in London and I’ll be doing my best to qualify again for the tournament next year.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 24
From Andy Murray on Twitter:
After spending 2 days in hospital you realise and appreciate how amazing a job carers, nurses, doctors etc do in hospitals all over the...— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 24, 2013
World looking after people who are in need.. Thanks to everyone at hospital for looking after me and putting me back together again..— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 24, 2013
There is currently no timetable for a return, although Dickson believes that Murray will miss the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in early November and may not participate in his annual fitness camp in Miami in the offseason, although he will definitely attend.
It’s unfortunate that Murray is once again suffering from injury, as the 26-year-old star is in the midst of his prime.
He made history in July by becoming the first male Briton to win a Wimbledon title in 77 years, a solid follow-up to his first ever Grand Slam at the 2012 U.S. Open and a gold medal at the 2012 London Games.
However, Murray was forced to withdraw from the 2013 French Open before the event began play due to lower back problems, per Christopher Clarey of The New York Times. At the time, he expressed concern over his fitness: “It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete.”
The ailments cost him a chance at making a run at Roland Garros and could continue to hinder him in major tourneys in the future.
Dickson noted that the procedure is being done now with the goal of having Murray fully fit in time for the 2014 Australian Open in January and Great Britain’s Davis Cup matches against the USA in February.
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