Andy Murray played his last match of the 2017 season at Wimbledon in July losing to the American Sam Querrey in five sets, he dropped to No. 16 in the ATP Rankings, but he is still living the environment of ATP World Tour Finals in London, from a different point of view, though.
The three-time Grand Slam champion trained as a practice partner for the World No. 4 Dominic Thiem at the O2 Arena on Saturday morning, in order to have some quality training sessions and try to get at his best level as sooner as possible.
Murray made eight appearances in the Year-End event, the first one at 2008 Masters Cup in Shanghai, China. From then, beyond this year he only missed the 2013 edition due to a back surgery. According to The Guardian, a source close to Murray revealed he will have to reduce his workload significantly, which it means to have a light events schedule, to be back to the top 10 and so at a good level.
He seems to have a couple of years more left playing tennis. In a recent interview before the exhibition match with Roger Federer in Glasgow earlier this week, Murray said he hopes to be back to compete in the first week of 2018 season, in Brisbane.
'I hope I'm there. Things have been going pretty well so far in the rehab, but you just never know. You take each week as it comes. I've had setbacks and things can go quite quickly as well. I've been training for a few weeks now.
Some days I've felt great and some days not so good. But I will come back when I'm ready and when I'm 100% fit.'
Lots of things change in a year, but @andy_murray defending like his life depends on it isn't one of them...
Welcome back, defending #NittoATPFinals champion 🙌 pic.twitter.com/NZ0uoTKp8Q — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) 11 novembre 2017
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