Murray, Clijsters got inspired by Nadal and Federer in coming back - Tiley


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Murray, Clijsters got inspired by Nadal and Federer in coming back - Tiley

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley spoke about Andy Murray playing the 2020 event. Tiley said: "One year ago we had retired Andy Murray, then he had a big surgery, came back in June and here we are again. And of course, being a Grand Slam champion it's big news for us.

Also, Kim Clijsters will return. They are looking at the performances of Rafa, Roger, Serena and they think they can do it again. You got Rafa Nadal one Slam behind, Federer 20, Serena trying to equal Margaret Court and Ashleigh Barty coming back as world No.

1. We may probably see the greatest Australian player ever not just for being No. 1 but also a Grand Slam winner. We also have up-and-coming players. So it will be a great event in 2020, at least, then I hope 2021 too (laughter)."

Asked how players manage to compete until the late stage in their career, Murray replied: "Longevity is given by training, preparation, medical updates, and particularly Roger and Serena are preparing for these four tournaments during the year.

It's really important that they start the year well." The former world No. 1 doubles player Todd Woodbridge said: "The success of the tournament over the last years has been incredible, it is going to get bigger and better.

We will have Ashleigh Barty, who has just reached the Beijing final and had her highlight of the year at the French Open, becoming the first female player to win there since ... It's been quite a few months for her, there is a lot of pressure to cope with but she will do okay."