Andy Murray returns to the tennis court after back surgery
After three months away from the world of tennis Andy Murray will make his return to the court today. The 26-year old Scot will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as part of an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Over the past 4 weeks Murray has been training intensively to get back to his best and the Abu Dhabi tournament will prove if he’s back to the form that won his the Wimbledon title earlier in the year. With the Australian Open starting in three weeks, Murray will be hoping that the match with Tsonga will demonstrate to the world’s top players that he’s in form.
Murray spent most of Christmas day practicing with Novak Djokovic who along with Rafael Nadal, Murray and David Ferrer head up a quality field of players in Abu Dhabi. The next ranking tournament begins next week in Qatar so there will be a competitive tournament before the next Grand Slam event in Australia but this tournament will help Murray build confidence before he returns to the ATP Tour.
Murray called the Abu Dhabi event “good preparation” and added that “Everyone is looking for matches at the beginning of the year. Before Grand Slams if you can make it as close as you can to what the top players like to play in, you are going to get strong fields.” As the world’s number 4 he should be satisfied with his season but he still wants to “try and win as much as I can,” he said on the eve of Abu Dhabi event.
“I lost enough times in big matches to not want to do that. I don't want to lose four Slam finals in a row again. That was horrible. But I also know how hard it is to win those tournaments. It may never happen again, I might not win another one, but I just want to give myself the best chance to do that.”