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Murray issues positive fitness update

8th November 2018, 14:28 by Craig Smithson

Andy Murray claims hits fitnesss is improving by the day as he aims to be ready to make his comeback to tennis in early 2019.

The 31-year-old Scot has struggled for form and fitness for over 12 months having ended his 2017 season prematurely following Wimbledon because of a hip problem.

Murray tried to make his comeback in time for the Australian Open in January only to suffer a relapse with his hip which ended in him in going for surgery to try and rectify the problem.

He made his return in June, but only managed to play in 12 matches, including at the US Open where he lost in the second round to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in four sets.

Murray called time on 2018 after the Shenzhen Open in September as he looks to build up his fitness levels to be ready for the Australian Open in the new year.

The former British and world number one, who is now ranked outside of the top 200 as a result of his inactivity, has confirmed that he will also play in Brisbane in early January and at the Open Sud de France in February.

When asked how he is progressing, the three-time Grand Slam winner said: "I'm feeling physically a little bit better every day. It's obviously been a tough year with the hip injury but I'm getting closer.

"I've still got a couple of months to get myself in the best shape for the start of the tournament."

Murray added: "I'm planning on getting to Brisbane early this year.

"Before then, I'm going to do my off-season training in Miami, three or four weeks working in the hot conditions there and spending time on court to get ready.

"I'm looking forward to playing in Brisbane again and hopefully I can perform well."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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