Greg Rusedski highlights why Miami Open will be key to Andy Murray’s schedule for rest of the season

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Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray’s participation in the Miami Open will provide a lot of answers in terms of his fitness and schedule for the clay-court and grass-court campaigns.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray has not hit a ball in a competitive match since the Davis Cup Finals in November last year.

He issued a worrying update at the end of February as he admitted that he might require further surgery, but added that he still had hopes of playing in Miami.

A few weeks later and he is still on target to make his return at the ATP Masters 1000 event, which is due to get underway on March 23.

Amazon Prime pundit Rusedski paid tribute to Murray’s comeback efforts.

“What he has achieved so far nobody has done before,” he told The Sportsman. “He is trying to conquer something nobody has really done before by trying to get back to the very top of men’s tennis, so for me, it is more a journey of enjoying the game getting on the court, being healthy and being allowed to do what he wants to do with the rest of his career.”

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The 32-year-old Murray is yet to confirm his plans beyond the Miami Open, but Queen’s Club and Wimbledon organisers are hopeful he will be able to feature.

However, a lot depends on how his body holds up in Miami.

“I think we are going to learn more about him during the Miami event and hopefully, he is physically healthy to play and for me, that is the key,” Rusedski said. “It is a rebuilding period every time you have surgery or injury it is starting afresh and having to build up again and for any professional athlete that is the most difficult thing you can do and as you get older it becomes more and more challenging.”

He added: “If he is in Miami, whether he wins or loses is irrelevant, but if he comes off the court and the body is alright, the hip is alright, that gives us hope coming up to the clay-court season and onto the grass-court season that he will play.

“We would obviously love to see him back at Queens and Wimbledon this year if his body allows him to but we will only get the answers to that in Miami.”

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