Idle Andy Murray is so desperate to get back in the game that he has flown to Rome in hopes of having a hit with some top-flight competition.
The Brit who has been bogged down for the past few seasons with two hip operations and a positive COVID test which kept him from the Australian Open, is scratching for form after last appearing on the Tour nearly two and a half months ago.
Murray, coming out of a groin strain, is not actually entered in the Rome Masters which begins on Monday.
But in an effort to rustle up a decent training session, the 33-year-old will take a punt on his Italian adventure in hopes of being ready should Roland Garros offer him a wild card.
Murray also has his hand out for a free entry into either Geneva of Lyon starting a week from Monday.
“On Sunday I’ve got a court booked with (Diego) Schwartzman and then Novak in the afternoon,” he told British media.
“I want to play against the highest level players possible because I think that will help me improve my game quicker.”
Reports indicate he is also angling to get some court time with Novak Djokovic, with the Serb trying to exit a mini-slump of his own on clay.
While he yearns for a chance to get back onto the ATP full-time, treble Grand Slam winner Murray appears to be feigning some indifference to his go/no go fate at the French Open, which begins May 30.
The Scot said he does not know if he will receive a wild card for the French Open, which is due to begin in Paris on May 30.
“I don’t mind if they don’t want to give me a wild card, that’s fine, they can give them to whoever they want to,” he said. “It just makes it a bit tricky with planning, but we should find out in the next week or so.”
Main photo:-Andy Murray losing semi-final to Rafa Nadal Roland Garros 2014 – Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd