Murray Hopes to Return in January

Murray Hopes to Return in January

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Britain’s Andy Murray hopes to make his competitive return in Brisbane in January following a hip injury, but on one condition – only if he is 100% fit.

The British No. 1 lost 6-3 3-6 10-6 to world No. 2 Roger Federer as part of a charity event in Glasgow on Tuesday.

It was the first time Murray, 30, had played in public since he lost to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in July.

“I am in a significantly better place than at the end of Wimbledon and in the build-up to the US Open” said Murray.

Murray, who has now slipped to 16th in the latest world rankings, said he was confident of getting back to full fitness, but admitted that it could take time for him to find his best form.

However, former professional tennis players and current TV commentator, Andrew Castle, said: “From the evidence of my eyes, it doesn’t look like his hip is good at all”. Castle, 53, is a former British number one, and had a hip replacement in December 2013.

“The way he’s moving, changing direction, he’s clearly uncomfortable,” he told BBC Scotland after watching Murray take on Federer and play a doubles contest with his brother Jamie.

“I was disheartened to see that he hadn’t made much progress in terms of the way he was walking between points – more than four months on. I’m not trying to be negative and I was delighted to see Andy back out on the court, he’s given us so much joy over the years. To be quite honest, I’m just not liking what I’m seeing”.

It has been an eventful week for the former world No. 1’s wife Kim has given birth to a baby girl. The couple, who married in 2015, already have a daughter, Sophia, who was born last year.

The news emerged less than 24 hours after Andy Murray attended a charity tennis event at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

The couple announced in July that Kim was expecting a second child. At the time Murray spoke about how his family were the most important thing in his life and how becoming a husband and father had helped his tennis.

Nadal Goes Under the Radar!

Rafael Nadal, one of the world’s most famous and successful tennis players, had an awkward run in with a security guard at the entrance to the Paris Masters courts.

A guard initially failed to recognise him and refused to allow him in. It is hard to believe that a player with that kind of status isn’t recognisable instantly.

“Hello sir, have you got your pass?”

The security guard asked the world’s number one tennis player, and a surprised Nadal responded: “I don’t have it with me.”

The guard asked Nadal who he was and got the famous name in response. The Spaniard was then immediately allowed through to the training courts. Thankfully for the world’s media, the awkward moment was captured by French Canal+ Sport TV.

ATP World Tour Finals Draw!

World number one Rafael Nadal will play David Goffin in his opening ATP Finals match on Monday.

Nadal has been grouped with Belgium’s Goffin, Dominic Thiem of Austria and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The first group begins on Sunday, with six-time Swiss winner Roger Federer playing Jack Sock of the USA, and Germany’s Alexander Zverev against Czech Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic.

The best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams from the tour go head-to-head for the prestigious end-of-season titles.

Each player competes in three group matches, with the aim of earning a spot in the semi-finals. As discussed earlier, Britain’s defending champion Andy Murray misses out after ending his season early through injury.

Rafael Nadal, who has won six titles this year including two Grand Slams, in the form of the French and US Open, has already guaranteed top spot in the world rankings this season.

However, he pulled out of the Paris Masters earlier this month with a knee injury and said he would “do his best” to return for the Finals. In the doubles draw, Britain’s Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares will start their quest for the trophy against the American Bryan brothers.

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