Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has been pushing himself to the limits this offseason, according to his coach Jamie Delgado. The former world No. 1 is targeting a strong offseason as he would like to return to his old form in 2019.
After being sidelined for almost a year because of a hip issue, Murray returned to competitive action at the Queen's Club in June.
Coach Jamie Delgado says @andy_murray pushing himself to limit - no surprise - to get ready for @BrisbaneTennis in Jan. @fabiofogna & Fernando Verdasco among players who have been hitting with him @CrandonPark where @MiamiOpen will no longer be played.
Moving a few miles up coast — Richard Ingham Evans (@Ringham7) December 8, 2018
The Briton played six tournaments before he called it season at the end of September. The 31-year-old's last appearance came at the Shenzhen Open -- where he lost to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-final.
Most importantly, Murray managed to conclude the 2018 season healthy and without any further hip problems. Murray was extremely cautious not to make a mistake and hit the sidelines again. The former world No. 1 called it a season prematurely to focus on the offseason.
Murray has been working hard in Miami in recent days. The three-time Grand Slam champion still isn't where he would like to be.
I asked @AndyMurray how he felt while training in Miami. "OK, but not as good as I would like." Pain? "I'll always have pain," smiled the man who won 2 of his 3 Slams with injuries that would have stopped other players playing.
Watched him play a set & he seemed to be moving well — Richard Ingham Evans (@Ringham7) December 8, 2018
Murray is expected to open his 2019 campaign in the opening week of the season at the Brisbane International.
No snow in Miami but that hasn't stopped ex ski instructor Bill Knowles taking his deadly machine Skier's Edge to KB to help @andy_murray train.
A minute on Edge; then straight to bike, then 30 cm stepping blocks - Andy pushing himself hard as always & looking good. — Richard Ingham Evans (@Ringham7) December 8, 2018
The Brisbane event could serve as a great preparation for the Australian Open as the event has gathered a strong player field. Murray is expected to be joined by fellow superstar and 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in Brisbane.