Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has revealed his short-term goal is to improve his ranking position and give himself a chance to once again be among seeded players at the ATP tournaments. Murray, now ranked at No. 67 in the world, played in just one tournament during the clay season but is set to have a crowded schedule during the grass season.
On Monday, Murray kicked off his grass season a tthe Surbiton Challenger, where he defeated Jurij Rodionov 6-2 6-1. “I don’t know how many matches I would need to win exactly, but if I had a good run at Queen’s or next week that would give me a good chance of (being seeded),” Murray said, per Tennis365.
“I have high expectations for myself and lofty goals and ambitions, which I talk about with my team regularly but I will not share them here. I don’t think there should be lots of expectation on me to do that well but I have trained hard."
Murray aims a big grass season
After Surbiton, Murray will play in Stuttgart and then head to the Queen's Club.
Grass is Murray's maybe strongest surface as he is a record five-time Queen's champion and he also has two Wimbledon titles to his name. Even before the season began, Murray indicated his big focus will be on the grass season.
“I have prepared well and physically feel good. Grass is my best surface I feel. I have prepared as best I can for it," Murray noted. “We will find out in a few weeks what the outcome is for it but the thing I can control is not the results and the performances at Wimbledon but I can control my preparation, my attitude on the court and my effort.
I can guarantee I will give 100 per cent on that side of things to give myself the best chance to have a good run”.