Fitness comes first for returning Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic
Former world quantity ones Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are relishing their return to competitors after critical accidents lower their final campaigns brief, however the overriding intention for each gamers within the New Yr is to remain match and wholesome.
Murray, who has struggled with a persistent hip harm because the Briton’s quarter-final exit at Wimbledon in July, pulled out of the U.S. Open and dropped to 16th on the earth rankings.
The 30-year-old is scheduled to take part within the Brisbane Worldwide which begins on Dec. 31 as he gears up for the Australian Open, however a season blighted by harm has modified the double Wimbledon champion’s outlook.
“Once I was match and wholesome final yr (2016), you concentrate on successful all the most important occasions, attending to primary and successful each competitors that you’re in and that’s what drives you,” Murray instructed Sky Sports activities.
“Once you miss 4 or 5 months and there was a little bit of uncertainty about my hip (that adjustments). The targets change and I keep in mind now how a lot I cherished enjoying tennis — it isn’t about successful each match I play sooner or later or successful extra slams.
“I wish to get again to enjoying tennis, I wish to be match and wholesome and that’s what is driving me simply now… I used to be fairly unhealthy for many of this yr and I get there however it’s a gradual course of.”
Djokovic suffered a year-long dip in type earlier than an elbow harm pressured him to retire within the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Serb has not performed competitively since and underwent surgical procedure.
“It’s been an actual roller-coaster trip for me for a yr and a half with this situation,” world quantity 12 Djokovic instructed Sport360 in an interview forward of his return on the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.
“I’ve by no means had surgical procedure in my life, I’ve by no means had any main accidents that stored me away from the tour for such a very long time… I’ve discovered a lesson as a result of I actually wish to keep away from attending to that stage of an harm ever in my profession after this.
“I can’t wait to get again on the competitors degree but it surely was a terrific expertise for me to have. And it was a considerably mandatory expertise as a result of I acquired possibly too snug with not having main accidents.”