Andy Murray news: Scot sets his sights on Wimbledon after making bold move
Andy Murray is already setting his sights on making a challenge at Wimbledon this summer, after he confirmed he has shaken up his schedule for 2022.
Murray will skip the French Open and the whole of the clay court season as he plots his course through the rest of the year, with his target now success on home soil on his favorite surface at Wimbledon.
The two-time Wimbledon champion is in action in Rotterdam this week and it is clear that the veteran who is playing with a mental hip is looking to give himself the best chance possible to succeed this summer by cutting the clay court tournaments from his events.
“Right now I am not planning on playing through the clay,” Murray said on Sunday.
“The past couple of years, the clay has made issues worse; last year I had some issues at the beginning of the year, the clay didn’t help, so I’ve spoken to my team about that and this year while I feel good and healthy, I don’t want to take that risk.
“It’s not that I wouldn’t potentially play on clay in the future. Last year I almost missed Wimbledon, was close to not playing the grass season, I’m not planning on playing the clay. I will still try to compete a bit during that period, I won’t do nothing, that’s my plan just now.
“I had a busy end of last year and the next couple of months I won’t take any risks and hopefully get a good build up to the grass season.”
Murray is also looking for a new coach after a trial period with Jan De Witt ended after Melbourne and he is working once again working with Dani Vallverdu in Rotterdam.
Vallverdu is working with Stan Wawrinka as he recovers from a long-term foot problem, so Murray knows he will need to look elsewhere to solve his coaching conundrum in the longer term.
“It’s not been easy to find someone,” he said. “Obviously, Stan Warwinka has been rehabbing for quite a long time and is hopefully coming back to the tour, but he agreed for Dani to come and work with me for a few weeks over the next month or so which is great for me in the short term, but still trying to find a longer-term solution.
“It’s not that straightforward, I’m not as in demand as a few years ago. Ultimately, I want it to be the right person. I’m aware there’s no perfect setup, but medium, longer term I want some stability and will try and get that in the next few weeks.”
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