Andy Murrray is preparing to shift his focus slightly next season, putting his wife and four children first before he considers his tennis career.
The 35-year-old who beat qualifier Roman Safiullin 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Swiss Indoors told website watson.ch of his slight change of course.
“Every time I have to leave for several weeks, it breaks my heart to say goodbye to my children.
“They are getting older and they notice my absence. In the summer I spent five weeks in the United States and I realized that this is too much for me at this point in my life.
“It’s my job and I plan to talk a lot with my wife (Kim Sears) about my approach to it in 2023,” he said..
“But I’m clear that my family will take priority over tennis and I’ll do things that maybe are not the ideal ones for my career.
“This week two of my daughters are celebrating their birthday and I don’t want to continue missing out on things like that.”
The former No. 1 said that he remains committed on court – and is seeking to reach the Top 32 again (currently 49th) to get a seeding at the Australian Open.
“This week is very important to me because it can improve my ranking,
“I want to think that I can continue to be competitive and that I just need to select my tournaments better to be more consistent.
“I have to be very careful with the way and the time of training. I think this season has been positive; I’ve been able to play almost without injuries.”
Main photo:- Andy Murray and recently retired Roger Federer at Laver Cup 2022. Both have four children by Julian Finney/ATP Laver Cup