‘It was a wrestle’: Disenchanted Murray averted watching Australian Open

Andy Murray has mentioned he averted watching the Australian Open, even unfollowing his fellow gamers on social media to deal with his disappointment at not participating. Murray had been because of compete in Melbourne till a constructive coronavirus take a look at sidelined him days earlier than he was because of journey to Australia.

“I watched little or no of the Australian Open. I didn’t watch as a result of I wished to be there myself. It was a wrestle,” he mentioned. “I ended following all of the tennis gamers I comply with on social media as a result of I simply didn’t actually need to see it. I noticed little bits and items of highlights.”

As an alternative of Australia, Murray travelled to the ATP Challenger in Biella after recovering from the virus, the place he misplaced within the last per week in the past. This week, he’ll return to ATP tour competitors for the primary time since October on the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. He faces Egor Gerasimov of Belarus within the first spherical on Tuesday.

Murray’s travels have proven him the problem of competing in a worldwide tour throughout the pandemic. He believed that having Covid-19 antibodies would a minimum of be a silver lining, permitting him to journey in Europe with better freedom. As an alternative, the danger of testing constructive because of viral shedding has made life tougher.

“After I arrived in Italy I examined constructive on arrival and then you definately’re within the arms of the federal government and it’s not beneath the ATP jurisdiction,” he mentioned. “I needed to undergo extra testing and needed to quarantine after I arrived to get assessments, wait in my lodge and get an area nurse to return and take a look at me. I then examined destructive a few days later and I used to be allowed out.”

Murray will journey subsequent to the Rotterdam ATP 500 event – which would require a destructive take a look at – which means he’ll face a nervous wait to be cleared to journey there. On the court docket, he believes he’s able to competing with the highest gamers after a pre-season he beforehand described as his greatest coaching block in years. He says that there was “no query” he was able to compete with one of the best in Australia. Contracting coronavirus has diminished a few of his low season positive factors, however his confidence stays.

“I play in observe with a number of prime gamers and I understand how I get on in opposition to them,” he mentioned. “If I used to be getting smoked after I was practising and enjoying with guys, I wouldn’t preserve going by way of it. However I do know the extent I’m enjoying at. I’ve not competed with the highest 10 gamers on the earth however I’ve been enjoying and practising with gamers between 20 and 70 on the earth and doing completely nice.

“Offered I can keep match for a time frame and get good observe and matches in, I don’t see why I shouldn’t have the ability to compete with one of the best gamers.”

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