Andy Murray reveals provisional schedule until early 2021, saying ‘my plan is to for sure go to Australia’

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Andy Murray looking ahead

Andy Murray insists he will “try to play as much as possible” until end of the 2020 season while he has also set his sights on the 2021 Australian hard-court season.

The three-time Grand Slam winner made a disappointing first-round exit from the final Grand Slam of the year as he lost in straight sets against Stan Wawrinka at the French Open on Sunday.

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Murray, who is still on the road to recovery following hip resurfacing surgery at the start of the 2019 season, is not considering calling an early end to his current campaign and plans to play in the back-to-back ATP 250 events in Cologne, Germany in October.

“I know tournament-wise I’m going to try to play as much as I can between now and the end of the year,” he said.

“The plan is to play in Cologne, the two tournaments there. Probably the only positive [of Sunday’s result] is I will get more time to prepare on the indoor hard courts for that.”

World No 111 Murray’s intention is to travel to Australia for the hard-court series early next year, but concedes he is unlikely to feature in the ATP Cup due to his low ranking.

“We don’t know exactly what the rules are going to be for Australia, but it’s looking like you’ll have to get there very early to prepare for that,” the 33-year-old said. “As it stands, I wouldn’t make the ATP Cup team, but my understanding is they are looking to put an ATP event on in Australia the beginning of the year, so that’s currently what I would be doing.

“I’d like to play in the ATP Cup because I was supposed to last year, and it looked like a great event.

“My plan is to for sure go to Australia. I just don’t know exactly what the exact situation is in terms of what date we would have to go, because by the sounds of it, it’s pretty early I think. You’d have to go like mid-December.”

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