Andy Murray seems to have turned an important corner as his months-long comeback to competition rolls on, with the January hip surgery patient now actively looking ahead to the 2020 tennis season.
Murray is into his fourth straight week on court, playing the ATP event in Antwerp after three weeks in China with a respectable Beijing quarter-final his best result on the Asian trip.
Now, with his 2019 Tour season set to wrap in Belgium – with the likelihood of playing for Britain in the Davis Cup next month – The 32-year-old is taking stock of how it’s all going and planning for a solid start to next season.
The emphasis will be on playing an intelligent and non over-taxing schedule.
“I would rather give myself more breaks and play a lighter schedule. To be fair I don’t think I overplayed much in my career, although I probably trained too much,”
he told London’s Daily Mail.
“Over the last few months the body is starting to understand what it has to do again.”
But he warned: “It’s easier psychologically than when you are younger because back then my whole life was based on whether I won tennis matches, you still get miserable when losing, but it’s not everything.’
Murray’s entry in Antwerp leaves him close enough to home to bolt back to Britain should wife Kim Sears give birth in the coming days to the couple’s third child.
Murray credits his mate, daughter of a tennis coach, with providing all the right encouragement during the painful months of his rehab and comeback.
‘There’s been a number of times in the last two years that I had stopped. But Kim was always trying to keep me going, and trying to help get me back on the court, stay motivated, and always happy for me to go and train and go away and stuff,” he said.
Murray today beat #8 seed Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-3 in European Open second round match in Antwerp keeping up his record of having the seventh best all time indoor record.
The Scot will be hoping he does not have to make a mad dash back to Surrey before facing a winnable third round opponent, Romanian Marius Copil.