Jamie Delgado, Andy Murray’s coach, has said that he is confident the former world No 1 will be ready to play at the Brisbane International starting on New Year’s Eve.
Murray coped well in his recent charity game against Federer and Delgado is sure that he will be able to return to his best after suffering from a hip injury earlier this season. Murray has been out of action since losing to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon semi-finals but is now preparing to return to competition.
Speaking to Sky Sports Delgado said, “He’s been working very hard in his rehab and his practice. For sure, that’s the goal [to play in Brisbane], and we believe that he’ll get back to his best – 100 per cent. He’s improving all the time which is all you can ask at this stage and obviously he will start to play matches, he’ll improve once he starts doing that as well.”
Murray has dropped to sixteenth in the rankings, his lowest for nine years, but Delgado is impressed with his progress.
“He played the exhibition last week in Scotland with Federer, that was good,” Delgado told Sky Sports on Tuesday. “That was the first time [since losing to Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon four months ago] that he had played against anyone at that level. His body recovered well after that. Then a few days later we came down here to practise with [Dominic] Thiem. That was a progression as well. He enjoyed it.”
Delgado said that the plan is to start in Brisbane and then head to the Australian Open. He said that at the moment they are working on his pre-season and ensuring that he has good players to practise with in order to be ready for Australia.