Andy will up ante af­ter long lay-off...

Evening Times - - SPORT - By TONY BAT­TEN

ANDY MUR­RAY will come back fir­ing on all cylin­ders at the Aus­tralian Open af­ter his ex­tended lay-off due to a hip in­jury, says his mum Judy.

The for­mer world No.1 is ex­pected to miss the re­main­der of the 2017 sea­son with the prob­lem that has plagued him since Wim­ble­don.

Mur­ray’s cam­paign at SW19 came to a halt at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage as his move­ment was ham­pered by the hip is­sue, Sam Quer­rey the man to end his ti­tle de­fence.

He has not fea­tured since and – apart from an ex­hi­bi­tion match with Roger Fed­erer due in Glas­gow in Novem­ber – does not ex­pect to play again this year, with the 2018 Aus­tralian Open his top pri­or­ity.

Mur­ray’s mum Judy be­lieves the forced break from ten­nis will be a bless­ing in the long run af­ter a gru­elling two-year sched­ule that saw him lift the Davis Cup, win a sec­ond Wim­ble­don ti­tle and be tri­umphant at the ATP World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don.

“He’s do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to re­cover from the in­jury and is very much look­ing for­ward to play­ing in Novem­ber,” she said.

“It’s frus­trat­ing for any ath­lete but there have been so many ad­vances in re­cent years in sports science and sports medicine that you re­ally can get the best ad­vice and can find ex­actly what it is you are deal­ing with.

“A lot of it is about rest as well, the last two years have been in­cred­i­bly tough for him.

“Firstly, in 2015 try­ing to win the Davis Cup on top of stay­ing in the top two or three, and then in 2016 that huge run he went on to try and get to world num­ber one.

“It took a lot out of his body and prob­a­bly took a lot out of him men­tally as well, so I don’t think it will do him any harm to have an ex­tended break.”

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