Andy Murray confident of being fit for Australian Open despite Davis Cup injury struggle

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Murray sat out the majority of Britain's Davis Cup Finals campaign: Getty Images for LTA
Murray sat out the majority of Britain's Davis Cup Finals campaign: Getty Images for LTA

Andy Murray is confident he will be fully fit in time for the Australian Open - his first Grand Slam of the year - despite injury forcing him out of much of the Davis Cup with Britain last week.

Murray played in the opening tie against Tallon Griekspoor, of the Netherlands, but today revealed a groin issue meant he did not feature again as the British team reached the semi-finals of the new-look event in Madrid.

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But the 32-year-old allayed fears he was facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines following two hip injuries and said he expected to be fit to begin his 2020 season in January.

He said: “I guess the good thing about stopping when I did was that it’s mild so it shouldn’t be long. But with injuries and stuff, I know not to listen to everything you’re told, like timeframe wise or whether something’s going to work or not.

“I kind of understand that now and I’ll just play it by ear, take the best advice I can get and see basically what happens. But I hope not as we got it at the beginning of the issue.”

Murray believes he carried the injury - a bone bruise, which was confirmed following a scan in the Spanish capital - into the Davis Cup. And he admitted he took the final call to pull himself out of selection, leaving Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans to battle out all the subsequent singles ties.

“It was like ‘should I play the second match’?” he said. “It was like ‘maybe not, let’s rest up and see how it feels afterwards’. And then I got the scan, got it reported on afterwards. I wanted to play and felt like the injury was most likely there before the event.

“The bone bruise was there before the event and I managed to play three hours on it. So I felt like I would be able to do that again if I had to. It was probably the right decision not to play. And I probably wouldn’t have influenced the matches differently to any of the guys that played.

“That was something which if I had played on it, it could have got worse. And that’s why it was difficult for me because I wanted to try to play because I didn’t know how many opportunities you get to play in the quarter-finals or semi-finals of the Davis Cup. So it was quite a difficult situation.”

Murray was speaking ahead of the premiere of his film Andy Murray: Resurfacing, which plots his injury nightmare, decision to have surgery and his recovery to play again this summer onwards.

The fly-all-the-wall documentary graphically shows him cut open on the operating table as well as laying bare the emotions of his injury nightmare and the Dunblane tragedy, which he has rarely spoken about publicly and which he admitted with the director that he was struggling to open up about.

Alluding to that earlier today, he said: “It [tennis] is important to me. I know I am very fortunate I get to play and very lucky that this is what I get to do for my living. It’s important for me for other reasons, and I don’t want to talk to you about it. Maybe I will tell you later on. Then as things were getting worse and it started to look like I was coming towards the end of playing. I was trying to explain why this was so difficult for me.”

Of talking about the Dunblane tragedy in which Tom Hamilton shot dead 17 people back in 1996 at Murray’s school, he revealed he could not do so on camera and instead spoke about it via a voice message.

“She [the filmmaker] was there with me in Miami and I was like, ‘look I am not talking to you about this to your face’,” he said. “One, I feel a bit embarrassed about it and two I have not really spoken to anyone that much about it ever. So, that was kind of how that came about.”

Andy Murray: Resurfacing launches exclusively on Prime Video Friday November 29

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