Andy Murray admits to readjusting his aims for 2018 after recent injury struggles
Andy Murray has admitted he has been compelled to readjust his aims for the approaching season after fighting injury throughout the previous 12 months.
After the highs of 2016, the previous world No 1 endured a tough 2017 as his type and on-court success deteriorated due to a persistent hip injury.
His final aggressive look got here in a five-set defeat to Sam Querrey within the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July. The Scot tried to compete on the US Open one month later however was compelled to withdraw on the 11th hour due to his injury.
Since then he has been present process an intensive programme of rehabilitation to put together him for the brand new season, and admits return to full health is now his essential goal.
“When I used to be match and wholesome final yr  you concentrate on profitable all the key occasions, getting to No 1 and profitable each competitors that you’re in and that’s what actually drives you,” he informed Sky Sports.
“When you miss 4 or 5 months and there was a little bit of uncertainty about my hip or stuff (that adjustments). I missed the US Open and nearly missed Wimbledon as nicely.
“The targets change and I keep in mind now how a lot I simply liked taking part in tennis – it is not about profitable each match that I play sooner or later or profitable extra slams.
“I would like to get again to taking part in tennis, I would like to be match and wholesome and that’s what is driving me simply now.
“I am hoping next year I can get back to that and if I do then I have an opportunity to compete for the biggest tournaments in the world and I still believe that.”
Murray is eyeing a return to motion on the Brisbane International, which will get underway on New Year’s Day, however his health stays unsure.
Murray and his crew had initially meant to journey to Australia in good time earlier than Christmas to acclimatise to the nation’s circumstances and, in doing so, bolster his probabilities of competing on the Australian Open.
But after an offseason in Miami that didn’t run as easily as hoped, such plans failed to materialise, with the Scot understood to nonetheless be within the UK final week after returning to London from southern Florida.
Murray’s performances on the Brisbane International will provide an perception into the participant’s health and certain decide whether or not or not he competes on the Australian Open.