From Melbourne 2019 to Melbourne 2020? No, because Andy Murray will skip the ATP Cup and the Australian Open on account of a pelvic injury he had during the 2019 Davis Cup Finals. He could close a circle worthy of a great novel, a magnificent adventure, during which the hero fights, falls, is about to die but then finds the strength to fight again and be reborn from his ashes, like the Phoenix, but from February.
A year ago, Murray played his first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut in the event. The Scot lost the match in five sets, in what was a sensational atmosphere: “If that was the end, it would be a great way for me to close.
Beautiful atmosphere, great crowd, great match and close comeback. It would have been the right way to leave”. But we know that wasn't the end. The hip pain was too severe. Murray dreamed of saying goodbye to tennis at Wimbledon, but then, after several consultations and tears, he opted to have surgery which was the last option to see if he could resume an extraordinary career.
The surgery went well. The rehabilitation was long and painful, but Murray returned to the professional tennis court, at the Queen's Club, and claimed the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez. In Antwerp, in the fall, Murray won the singles title against Stan Wawrinka.
To all fans of sports in general, I recommend watching Andy Murray: Resurfacing, available on Amazon, a movie dedicated to Murray's return after the surgery, between hope and pain: “It was very hard at one point because my family, friends and team knew I was suffering.
When you are a professional, you cannot say that the hip hurts you, that you cannot pull the right or serve. You must always show a brave face, say that you are improving and that you feel less pain". Mental strength, talent and technique are the fundamental points on which Murray will have to start again in 2020.
From an athletic point of view, he will only be able to improve. It won't be easy, nor fast, but if Murray tried to come back to the ATP Tour it will be because his ambitions are still high. The hip problem was also disabling Scot's private life, who was also struggling to walk.
If the physique holds, then from the grass-swing forward, ATP Tour will embrace a great protagonist again. And there could come some amazing surprise.