London | Murray to take brief break to welcome third child
Andy Murray will take a brief break from his tennis comeback to be with his wife Kim when she delivers their third child in the coming weeks,
My plan is to play Antwerp and then I am done through to the Davis Cup. If the baby came early, I would miss Antwerp and then maybe play at the Paris Masters. Andy Murray
Murray is planning a month-long break after next week’s European Open in Antwerp, but is prepared to leave the event and fly back should Kim go into early labour.
“Obviously the baby can come any time from pretty much next week. I would adjust my schedule if I couldn’t go to Antwerp,” the former world No 1 told The Times.
“My plan is to play Antwerp and then I am done through to the Davis Cup (November 18-25). If the baby came early, I would miss Antwerp and then maybe play at the Paris Masters (October 26-November 3).”
Last week the 32-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the China Open where he was beaten by world No 5 Dominic Thiem and, earlier this week, he lost in a hard-fought to Fabio Fognini at the Shanghai Masters.
Murray is pleased with his progress and the three-time Grand Slam winner is hopeful of being able to compete with the world’s best in the coming months.
He added: “I am surprised with how smooth (my return) has been. I had two years of having lots of pain after every single match.
Now I play a match, the body hurts, I have some pain in my back, the muscles are tired and things like that, but my hip is fine, and I couldn’t remember what that was like before.
“I have been competitive so far. If I can keep improving a few things over the next few months, then maybe there is an outside chance I can get around there.
“I would like to be competitive in the big events against the best players. I’m not there yet, but I’m closer than I was a month ago, and much closer than a couple of months ago.”
Murray is the first player to return to the singles game following hip resurfacing surgery although Bob Bryan has managed to continue his doubles career following a similar procedure.
Should he suffer another injury to the area, though, Murray would be ready to call it a day.
“I now know that it’s not important where or when I end my career,” he said. “If I had another hip injury, I probably wouldn’t keep going. My hip could break and that would be it. I would be finished if that happened.
“But there is no sign of that happening any time soon. It seems to be getting stronger all the time.”