Former world No. 1 Andy Murray plans to play as much as possible before the end of the season and then travel early to Australia to prepare for the start of the 2021 season. Murray, who returned from a double hip surgery last year, turned 33 years several months ago but he still loves the game and wants to compete.
Murray, now ranked at No. 111 in the world, will will play the two tournaments scheduled to take place in Cologne -- the first one kicks off just a day after the French Open final. "I know tournament-wise I'm going to try to play as much as I can between now and the end of the year," Murray said, per Sky Sports.
"The plan is to play in Cologne, the two tournaments there. Probably the only positive of today is I will get more time to prepare on the indoor hard courts for that."
Murray aims to return to Australia
Murray wanted to represent Great Britain at the inaugural ATP Cup earlier this year but he pulled out of the event and the Australian Open due to an injury.
"We don't know exactly what the rules are going to be for Australia, but it's looking like you'll have to get there very early to prepare for that," Murray said. "As it stands, I wouldn't make the ATP Cup team, but my understanding is they are looking to put an ATP event on in Australia the beginning of the year, so that's currently what I would be doing.
"I'd like to play in the ATP Cup because I was supposed to last year, and it looked like a great event. "My plan is to for sure go to Australia. I just don't know exactly what the exact situation is in terms of what date we would have to go, because by the sounds of it, it's pretty early I think.
You'd have to go like mid-December." On Sunday, Murray suffered a disappointing loss at the French Open as he won only six games in his first round match against Stan Wawrinka. "Today was a really tough draw and even if I played well there's no guarantees I would win that match but today I didn't play well," Murray said after losing to Wawrinka.
"I served less than 40%, that's just not good enough. "I need to have a long hard think about it. It's not the sort of match I would just brush aside and not think about it. I think that's one of the worst defeats by scoreline in my career. I need to understand why the performance was like that."