Former world No. 1 Andy Murray is targeting to make a Grand Slam return in January at the Australian Open. Murray, 32, played his first Grand Slam event since 2017 Wimbledon at Melbourne Park earlier this year. The Scot, who was clearly far from his best, got edged out by Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open first round before he underwent a hip resurfacing surgery shortly after the loss.
"If I use my protected (ranking), I will play as the No. 1 player. I think if you are playing in a competition like that the best player should be picked to play," Murray said during his speech at the launch of the the TRR Nutrition products, per The Daily Mail.
"The Australian Open would be the priority for me." Murray is set for a busy four-week schedule as he has taken wildcards into Zhuhai, Beijing, Antwerp and the Shanghai Masters. "I don't know that's the case now and I'm not expecting to go and just win 15 matches in three weeks in Asia.
My anticipation is that I'm probably not going to do as well and I'm looking to win one or two matches a week," Murray explained his decision to play for four weeks in a row in the upcoming period.