Former world No. 1 Andy Murray admits he may take a page from Roger Federer's playbook after returning from a hip surgery. Federer, 37, has won three Grand Slam titles and returned to No. 1 ranking in 2017 after making his comeback from a knee surgery.
The 37-year-old has been carefully managing his scheduled since making his comeback at the beginning of the 2017 season as he missed the entire clay-court season in 2017 and 2018. Murray, who was absent for 11 months because of a hip injury, returned to competitive action at the Fever-Tree Championships, at the Queen's Club, this past June.
The three-time Grand Slam champion missed Wimbledon and the Toronto Masters due to precautionary reasons. Most importantly, the 31-year-old has managed to stay healthy as he has been careful not to make a single mistake since returning from the injury.
Murray has announced that this week's Shenzhen Open and next week's China Open in Beijing would be his last tournaments of the season. The Scot is set for a huge off-season -- in which he will be targeting to regain his old fitness level and physical condition.
Murray told Sports Illustrated that players are now starting to understand that it's "actually smarter for your long-term health and your career" to play when you are physically ready rather than play to when you're told that you have to play by the tour and its rules.
"Roger missed the clay court season the last two years and while that's difficult for the tournaments, it's better for tennis the longer Roger is playing. He's doing the best thing for himself but long term, it's good for tennis as well.
I think players will begin doing that more and more," Murray added Also read: Todd Martin impressed with Laver Cup