"..With my schedule between now and the end of the year, I am going to have to rest and take a break and give my body a chance to breathe," Andy Murray had said after inquiries of when he will play next. It seems like the more the Brit plays, the more uncertain he is of carrying on with playing the hectic and sometimes difficult tour.
The idea of getting more matches on his racket may prove great in one way, but not so good in another. Indian Wells gave Murray a glimmer of hope that he could be a threat to players on tour. He had a straight set win over France's Adrian Mannarino and a three-set victory over the tenn Carlos Alcaraz Garfia from Spain.
The Brit's strategies became weaker than his body and entering the European Open continued to hold mysteries of how he would fare with higher leveled players. Murray felt uplifted on defeating the ever-tough Frances Tiafoe in 3-suspenseful tie break sets.
"I don't think I've ever played a match like that," he said with a big grin. "I think it's the longest 3-set match I've played...and I'm tired right now..." But unfortunately he fell in the next round to Diego Schwartzman in straight sets.
There seems to be no reason or rhyme for the Scot to figure out his path to consistent victories. The Spanish teen came back with a revenge match and defeated Murray at the Vienna Open in straight sets. It was proof that the Scot's tactics and level of physical energy is still not consistently strong enough for day in and day out strenuous matches.
But coming into the event he'd manage to clock in 10 aces with the Hubert Hurkacz win that kept him on court for three sets. After the match with Tiafoe and then with Hurkacz, Murray comes to facts with what he may be capable of in playing long hours on court.
He frankly said "..my body is old now. I've played a lot of matches on the tour...that was taking it to another level. "Most media have asked if they'll see him at the Davis Cup. He looked uncertain and said "Right now, I'm not planning on playing the Davis Cup...I'm not sure I deserve to play in that team," he sadly said.
He knows the caliber and players like Liam Broady and Dan Evens are higher level guys. Keeping up with them and contributing may prove tougher than he'd like to go. "I've given a lot to the Davis Cup, and sometimes to my own detriment physically," he frankly said.
The situation for Andy Murray is not as much where his next match will be but when. He never minds playing but naturally coming out with a good result is the ultimate goal.