Andy Murray’s return to the tour looks to be delayed again as rumours now circulate that he will most likely miss the Miami Open as he continues to recover from a very stubborn pelvic bone-bruise that became evident during November’s Davis Cup Final in Madrid.
If he skips the clay-court season, there is going to be such a long gap before the grass. And grass is only three weeks, so it is difficult to get the feeling of so many matches Alex Corretja
Murray, who hasn’t played in nearly four months – his last appearance being at that event – might well be taking Alex Corretja’s advice of a few weeks ago, to make his return to competitive play during the grass court season with a view to getting ready for Wimbledon and possibly the Tokyo Olympics.
Should he also miss the clay?
Corretja believes he should not skip competing on the surface but use it to get himself fit though perhaps not participate in the gruelling French Open which would put his hip under strain.
“I really don’t know exactly how he feels now but clay, he should use it to get enough matches to be ready for grass,”
Corretja, who was part of the Murray team for some three years said. “Because if he skips the clay-court season, there is going to be such a long gap before the grass. And grass is only three weeks, so it is difficult to get the feeling of so many matches.
“He needs to go thinking that those matches are the best preparation I could have to be ready for Wimbledon, and that’s the only thing he needs to know. The more matches he gets, the better, but he doesn’t need to get overcooked.
“He’s got experience and his body is suffering. If he will be playing so many matches, it won’t change anything, because for him to reach the semi-finals in Madrid or in another tournament, it’s not going to make any difference.
“But, if something’s going to make a difference for him, it’s to have a good tournament at Wimbledon. And that means to be healthy.”
Should he focus on the grass-court season, then he is likely play Challenger tournaments before the main Tour events at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.