Andy Murray had an explosive year between June 2012 – September 2013. He made it to the Wimbledon finals, won the gold medal, the US Open, reached the Australian Open finals and won Wimbledon. But he does not know if he will appear at the 2014 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season.
Murray did not participate in the 2013 Roland Garros French Open in May because of back injuries. He is weak on clay, but strong on grass and wanted to use all his strength for Wimbledon. It paid off because he became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. He opted for back surgery last month and will not appear at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in order to be ready for Australia. But he will only go if he is not 100%.
“I hope so, but I’m not going to come back unless I’m 100% fit. I’ve got a long way to go yet,” he said.
“I’ve been in the swimming pool and on the bike a little bit but it’s still going to be four or five weeks until I’m back on the tennis court hitting some balls.
“The rehab process is pretty tedious and long and I don’t want to come back too soon and have to start that process all over again. I’ll only come back when I’m 100% fit and I hope that’s at the beginning of the year.”
He lost in the quarterfinals at the US Open. On Thursday, he received an Order of the British Empire from Prince William for his services to tennis.