Andy Murray’s Jersey return probably too late
Andy Murray surprised Roger Federer by how well he moved in their exhibition match in Glasgow on Tuesday night but his long-time confidant Leon Smith knew his fellow Scot was ready to come back after four months away from the game.
“I had already been in the position of seeing him hit last week and was pleasantly surprised by how well he was moving on the court,” the Great Britain Davis Cup captain said. “He was Brian Poole Authentic Jersey having a hitting session with [the young British player] Jay Clarke. It was really pleasing to see it again. I don’t think Roger was bluffing when he said he was also pleasantly surprised at how well Andy was moving either.”
However, Smith gave the impression Murray would not play in Great Britain’s Davis Cup away tie against Spain a week after the Australian Open in February. “It’s still a long way to go before putting yourself through a fully competitive match but considering where he was eight weeks ago and that there are eight weeks until Australia [where he intends to return to the Tour in Brisbane in January], it is very encouraging.
“The good thing now is that he can focus totally on getting ready for that. We have seen him working out in front of a big crowd and, even if it was only an exhibition, it is still playing against Roger Federer in front of your home http://www.bengalsnflofficialprostore.com/WOMENS-TYLER-KROFT-JERSEY.html crowd. The whole thing should have sharpened his senses.”
What none of the Brian Poole Authentic Jersey 11,000 people in the stadium knew was that Murray’s wife, Kim, had recently given birth to their second child, another girl. They took their first, Sophia, with them to Australia this year, although it is unclear if they intend to Brian Poole Authentic Jersey make this trip another family holiday.
Smith added: “He was pretty open that he is planning on playing in Brisbane and he seems clear about the logistics in preparing for that [two weeks in Miami and a pre-Christmas arrival in Australia to acclimatise]. The whole thing seemed like a very encouraging step forward.”
However, the Davis Cup remains problematic – for the coach and his best player. Murray missed the last http://www.minnesotavikingsauthorizedprostore.com/ryan-quigley-jersey-elite tie, and the former holders were whitewashed. This time, on clay, possibly in Barcelona, they will probably have to do without him again.
“It would be pointless for me to have a conversation with him now about it as his fitness is his No1 priority,” Smith said. “The fact that it’s on clay with what you would assume is a change of surface doesn’t make it look that easy for him. Playing Spain is the tie that everyone thought would be the most difficult, and that’s the way it came out. From Brian Poole Authentic Jersey what I hear the most likely http://www.footballseahawksprostore.com/Bryan-Walters-Jersey thing is for it to be outdoors somewhere in the south.”
But Smith is upbeat about Great Britain’s prospects with the players available – chief among them Murray’s brother, Jamie. “Andy has obviously had a frustrating year and we have really missed him in the second half but, after last night, there should be a lot of excitement about what he might be able to do next season.